It's the ripple-edging carved trim that helps us date this one to the period of Charles X, or around 1830-40s, as well as the slightly smaller size than later ones of these elegant gloves boxes. French ebeniste (cabinetry and furniture maker) artistry evident throughout this signed box. You see on the lock plate this one is from Lyon, and from a maker named Gondard, and the French notation "neveu" which means nephew or niece. The box has had some life, and evidence of it is there in form of some rubs or surface imperfections. But the box is still just gorgeous. The intricate and exquisite marquetry in brass and other materials on the lid are just stunning, still. An engraved monogram is C. R, I think, though you could make an argument for it being G or L and R, I suppose. Measurements noted on the photos, but it is 10" long. Wonderful in its time as a box made specifically to hold ones several pairs of gloves, but often used now to hold ones marriage certificate and other important documents, rolled, or love letters, family's cherished documents and is often now referred to as a documents box. One can certainly lock away anything in this one, with its working lock and a working key. Likely not the original key, but it does work in the lock.
Very good condition for age and type. A few surface abrasions visible and to evaluate in our large clear photos. No loss to any of the inlays up top, and the important presence of an engraved maker's mark on the lock plate make this one extra special, as does the reduced price because it's not quite pristine. I will tell you, too, my photographer got this one before I'd run a polishing cloth over both exterior or interior, which both cleaned up just beautifully so it does look much nicer in person than in our photos.
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