Very fine & rare antique Georgian era 8" stationery casket, a uniquely shaped box with marcasite or steel pique 'jewels', "Envelopes" incised mother of pearl cartouche and fitted interior! We have a few other examples of this era's finest style, light burled wood, sometimes lemon wood, and the pique. We do have one other large casket or chest, a cashmere or trousseau chest, but that one is a bit more plain and not worked as extensively with the marcasite or steel 'jewel' pique like this. Look it over closely - imagine first that each tiny cut steel pin is hand made, one by one. Then imagine the artisan's cabinetry-making skills, then the designer's craft of ornamentation, and finally putting it all together. A fabulous desk top decorative accent, very unique and in fine condition!
Good to very good condition. There are a few of the steel 'jewels' missing here and there but no exterior damage to the fruitwood veneers or inlay. There is a small missing veneer section on the inside rim of the box (right side of lid). The lock is intact but we've not been able to find a key that will work for it. Finally, the center interior divider is a replacement, a wooden panel with paper lining in the same pattern but not original. See pictures for measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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