One of the more beautiful boxes from a time that produced the most stunning table boxes ever, this finely crafted ebeniste's showpiece is from the Napoleon III era, (roughly c.1850-70) and shows the art at its apex. Fine exotic woods and materials worked in the tightest fine marquetry ever, having lasted the century and a half with almost no loss or damage. This one is being listed without a key, though the lock mechanism is complete and should work. We'll search through our stash of old casket keys just in case, but we're listing and pricing today without key. This is one that, when I opened it, I felt certain it was going to have a lock plate signed by either TAHAN, Vervelle, P. Sormani, or Giroux. Those 4 makers and purveyors of finest quality goods in the 19th century lead the pack and were the standard to aspire to. Alas, this one is not signed, but has every evidence of that same high quality. We know that not all of the boxes by those makers did end up with signed lock plates, and I would not hesitate to suggest this is a TAHAN box.
Very good to excellent for age and type. The box is without warp, without lift or loss in the fine crafted inlays. Just look at the ways the wood and precious materials are worked on this one. Beautifully accented by all that brass pencil edging trim around the upper perimeter and again in brass stringing outlining the box and also defining the joints of the worked woods. Not a single one lost or lifted. By way of flaw, I can point out that on the blackened back panel of the box, there is a rub or like a tool might have been scumbled along it, indenting it a little over a space of about 1.25" long. And the other flaw notable is a smallish edge loss to the black wood at the front left corner of the lid, which I've taken special care to mark for you with xx so you'll see what I mean. I do think this one is ebony, and think you'll agree. Top quality, well preserved. The measurements are also noted on the photos, but it is the original form for a gentleman's gloves, and the drop-front also suggests it as such. As well, the measurements: 9 7/8" x 3 3/4" and 3 1/4" tall when closed, would present it as a glove box, which often get used now as document boxes or jewelry chests. No finer than this!
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