Absolutely gorgeous antique French Napoleon III era 16" jardiniere or plant box, a beautiful marquetry style inlaid piece with two-toned kingwood veneers, gilt ormolu accenting and hand painted porcelain plaques front and back! 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, darker finished veneers set into those book-matched inlays. Gilt ormolu side handles, figural corners and bands on both the top and bottom of the box, in addition to the reticulated rims of the jardiniere top! Both the front and back have large oval porcelain medallions. Sevres style with Cupid or a cherub on one side and a floral bouquet on the other (both surrounded and secured by an ornate gilt ormolu frame). Stunning! All in as near pristine condition as one could hope for, this one even has the inner tin liner. An exceptional decorative accent or centerpiece, a treasure....don't miss it!
Very good condition! There is a small chip from the bottom left side corner veneer, visible in the images. The rest of the piece is superb with no veneer loss or restorations. There is an age or drying split in the bottom of the piece and there is a newer oval wood panel affixed there. No chips or cracks to the porcelain plaques. The ormolu does have some aged patina, we just briefly went over it with polish to bring out the gilding. See pictures for measurements.
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