Fabulous & rare antique French miniature Bru doll sized chest of drawers, an Empire style jewelry box treasure in gilt embossed leather with ormolu accents, two lower drawers with the top faux drawer fitted for jewelry, oval beveled mirror in the lid and wonderful condition! Isn't this one simply fantastic! The inside just in front of the lock is stamped "Louis Sherry, Paris" so assume that the box was made in France. Louis Sherry (1855–1926) was an American restauranteur, caterer confectioner & hotelier particularly associated with upmarket chocloates & ice cream. First known in the restaurant business at the Hotel Brunswick and then as restaurant manager at the Hotel Elberon. In 1880 he launched his first restaurant at 38th Street & Sixth Avenue in New York City and soon acquired a Society following. He moved to 27th Street and Fifth Avenue and then to larger premises at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue. He closed his restaurant in 1919 and established Louis Sherry Inc., to concentrate on catering and production and sale of chocolates and pastries opening a new shop at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue forming an alliance with the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. At some stage Lucius Boomer & Coleman du Pont of Boomer-duPont acquired a significant interest in Louis Sherry Inc. The information that I have seen does not refer to Sherry having an outlet in Paris but the Louis Sherry advertisement shown in our images (from the French newspaper, le Figaro) gives 2 addresses, one in the Champs Elysees and another on the Rue de Castiglione. In any event, this is a truly magnificent piece, the style always popular and the size and condition are both impressive. Yes, there are a few flaws but....wow, really!
Very good condition. There are a few notable flaws, the small tear to the leather on the right side of the top key hole. Actually, I'm sure that all three key holes would have had escutcheons like that on the second drawer. Pressed brass escutcheons aren't that difficult to find so I'm sure replacing the missing two or all three to match wouldn't be that hard to do. Some light surface scratches to the leather and there is a spot on the back that looks like someone had ripped a piece of tape off, taking the top layer with it. All locks work and it has an old steel skeleton key. See pictures for measurements.