We can easily place this elegant dressing table box in time because of that carved ripple edging it has. That's very typical of those boxes made in the 1st half of 1800s, primarily during the reign of Louis-Philippe, c.1830s. The ebony-stained wood and the beautiful old boulle marquetry work and even the evolution of form from the old sarcophagus shaped caskets of earlier era to the more rectilinear ones that came after 1840s - all speak to the c.1820-30s period of Paris cabinetry maker's arts (ebenistes). This one also retains its original 2 gilded Baccarat crystal scent or perfume bottles, each one without chips or cracks, and each stopper intact and original. The box's mirror remains in fine form in the inner lid, and the compartment cover there between the scent bottles is also still with this old beauty. We suspect it might have had a lift-out tray of sewing items, tools, over that large compartment in front, but it lacks the typical supports so perhaps this one did not. We do see that in later versions of this particular type of box. The box has also a working lock and the original key. And the type of higher-end hardware that holds the lid open in place as a dressing box (you see it at left of screen when box is open). A box this splendid and in such nice form tells us it once belonged to someone who treasured it well. The old brass stringing is still in place, and the carved ripple-trim boars are, too. Inlaid top in the old boulle manner is beautifully done and undamaged by time. The older ones sometimes had these colors included and it's all the more beautiful, isn't it. The Baccarat crystal bottles are, by the way, unsigned but definitely are Baccarat, c.1830s. Box is 11" wide, 8" front to back and 5" high when closed. No stains to point out. A real beauty.
Very good to excellent condition, as noted above. Working lock and original key, no lifts to the boulle and all of the stringing is in place, though a very slight rise to it on right front corner (more to the touch of a finger than to the eye).
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