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Antique Moser Glass Casket, Jeweled and with Portrait Miniature - c. 1820-50, working lock with key
A superb gilded emerald-green heavy glass sugar caddy from the first half of 1800s, this one by Moser (unsigned, but definitely Moser, by research), with a superb dore bronze mounting that includes working lock and the original key. The casket is in exceptionally good condition for age and type, and has no chips or cracks, no damage to note apart from a bit of rub to the gilding on the lid, which doesn't detract much at all in person. The cartouche on top is a lovely old convex plaque of porcelain painted in the Romance manner popular in 1700s, and led in movement by artists like Fragonard, Boucher and others. The portrait plaque is surrounded by shimmering oval cabochons of emerald green, as well. Tough to photograph and capture the deep green glass of the casket. This IS a sugar casket, by the way. In late 1700s and early 1800s, sugar, like chocolate, was a rare and coveted commodity, imported from afar, and something only the wealthy could afford. It was kept under lock and key, and elaborate caskets were made specifically for it's containment and presentation, most in French opaline or also these by Moser, some in clear crystal by makers in France, Baccarat among those.
Very good to excellent condition, beautifully preserved as you see it. The lock works and has the original key in place. There is a slight loss or rub to the gold enamel applied to the lid, primarily, which we've shown well in our images for your review. But for an early Moser sugar casket, it's remarkably fine. Will surely find its way into a collector's favourite pieces. Moser is a maker, often signing but not always signing the pieces made. The Moser museum in Prague shows many pieces that are unsigned, and I've personally viewed a casket almost exactly like this one in that wonderful display (Decorative Arts Museum, Prague). NOTE: There are 4 round felt 'stick-on' protectors on bottom which can be easily removed, but we thought we'd leave them. They do protect against surface abrasion on bottom and also protect your surface onto which you might set the sugar casket.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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