A rare find, a good-sized round jewelry or perhaps cigar box, casket, cast in heavy dore brass with hand-worked champleve enamel body and lid. We think of this type of enamel work as being French in origin, but many say it is also Russian, so we are unsure of origin on this rather unusual casket. The more usual champleve works are often easier to identify and some are marked with the French foundry "Barbedienne" which did produce much of the metal, bronze, and certainly all of the highest value sculptor's castings in bronze. We've shown a close up of the enamel work in case your expert eye might differentiate this from the French enamel wares. I'm comfortable with it as French, however, and will simply lay out the Russia potential connection. The casket is round, velvet lined inside, and perhaps once held fitted scent bottles, if not a perforated panel through which cigars might be help upright. I've seen both types of round casket similarly fitted. The birds up top, the seated mermaids or chimera that form 2 of the legs, all that beautiful stained-glass looking enamel work combine to make a truly splendid box to accent or use.
Very good condition for age and type. I find and point out that one of the female figures that support as legs to the casket does have one small section of the acanthus-leaf base missing. You'll see it if you look, and might overlook it if I don't mention it. Doesn't hurt the level stand, and really isn't much of a flaw, but notable for accuracy. Lid is hinged and fits snug and tightly when closed. Might improve slightly with a good polishing, which I did not do on this item. I like it just as it is.
Measurement: Bottom diameter: 4.75" and overall height is 5.5"
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