Elegant & rare antique French Napoleon III era c. 1850-80s 16.25" jardiniere or plant box, beautiful two-toned kingwood veneers with 'tumbling blocks' style marquetry inlays, serpentine shape, gilt ormolu accenting & side handles and wonderful condition! There are only a handful of names that ring out when speaking of fine old Napoleon III French ebanistas, box or cabinet makers: Vervelle, Tahan, Giroux, Sormani...they all bring to mind the finest of the fine and this piece is surely an exquisite representation of those works even though it bears no maker's marks. Kingwood veneers around the serpentine sides, lighter & darker finished veneers set into those book-matched inlays in a pattern referred to as tumbling blocks due to the resulting three dimensional appearance. Gilt ormolu side handles, bands along the bottom of the box in addition to the reticulated rim of the jardiniere top! This one even has the inner tin liner, an interior corner split to it but it's there. An exceptional decorative accent or centerpiece, a treasure....don't miss it! We now have three of these fabulous old Napoleon III jardinieres available so be sure to take a peek at the others while you're with us. Fabulous old French decorative pieces all!
Very good condition! The ormolu does have some aged patina in places, we just briefly went over it with polish to bring out the gilding. A small veneer chip here and there but, as you can see, the piece is in overall superb condition given the use and age. As noted above, the interior lining is intact but has a base corner solder split so it's not water tight. See pictures for measurements.
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