I think the very first antique I bought on my own was a wooden box I found in London while there as a graduate student. I’ve been a box collector for a lifetime now. These 19th century boxes out of France are among my very favorite collection items and truly represent the finest of the art. The old cabinetry makers used every skill to create these elegant boxes and the myriad of stunning results attest to why they were and remain works of art. This one is in the typical form made for use to store ones gloves, and the box has the French word for gloves there on top, worked in the old engraved brass inlays. A stunning boulle worked decorative top that is set into exotic grained hardwood, accented in white. The interior is as pretty as the exterior, and is also fine wood grain, made for a gentleman. The glove boxes for Madame usually were silk-lined, but for a gentleman the masculine wood grains like this one. Working original lock and key. The box is 10” x 4” and is 3.25” high when closed.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The contrasts in materials here are just stunning. You can see the white and the yellow stringing and the hand engraved brass and white boulle work both up top and at the escutcheon/lock. There are a couple of age or drying fine hairlines crossing the white material, with about a 1” section looking to be slightly darker and perhaps a replacement strip but none missing. Quite rare to find so complete.
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Antique French Gloves Box, Casket “Gants”, Napoleon III Era, Lock with Original Key
$382 $545 SALE