A place for everything, and everything gloriously in its place - and no excess is too much; that seems to have been the rule of the day. And the day was 1840-70s Napoleon III era, France, the birthplace and time for this superb pocket watch vitrine, or box. Entirely made in fine old rosewood it appears and the lid framed in a burled wood, likely amboyna, a likely sterling silver cartouche with interlaced "HR" monogram! Nothing overly frilly, just as elegant as can be. A fine example of the era, aesthetic, and immense allure these old pieces represent. Wildly popular in France and abroad, these glorious old cabinetry pieces proliferated in Napoleon III era France, and we reap the benefit of their popularity and appeal still today in those that survive. While on the subject of fine antique boxes, by the way, I MUST mention to you a fabulous reference book by our friend and customer, Genevieve Cummins of Australia. A few years back Genevieve completed her masterpiece of a book, which we received copies of. It's SUPERB! We're pleased to see our own shop noted in many of the pages, and to revisit so many exceptional antique boxes we've had over the years. Some of you who buy antique boxes from us might well see your own in there, as we did share our images often with Genevieve. Be sure to order it. The title is: "ANTIQUE BOXES, Inside and Out", 429 delicious pages of boxes.
Very good condition. There is a small age or drying crack visible in the lid (side to side just at the top of the silver cartouche). Wonderful otherwise, inside & out. The interior has the original silk or satin lining, the lid with the gold embossed maker or retailer mark of "A. Gautier, Horloger-Bijoutier, 59 Rue Royale 59, Tours". The side slats in the base of the box make us think it must have had an upper tray, likely fitted to hold a fine piece of jewelry or pocket watch. Working lock with old skeleton key. See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French Marked Rosewood Jewelry or Pocket Watch Box, Case, Etui, Silver Cartouche
$222 $295 SALE