This is a Rare LARGE Antique Exotic Amboyna Burl Wood Box by Maison Alphonse GIROUX with stunning Mother of Pearl and Bronze adornment. Stunning quality construction and detail. This Napoleon III box dates to the third quarter of the 19th century. Fully signed on the lock plate. Unfortunately the key is NOT present. The interior has the original fitted mirror to the lid and four deep blue silk lined compartments. The box is in decent condition with some losses to the mother of pearl and some repairs / filled in areas to the veneer in places – see photos. Presents very well in any room of your home. The dimensions are approx. 12 1/2" wide by 9" deep by 6 1/2" high. Priced with condition considerations.
Amboyna Burl Overview:
LATIN: PTEROCARPUS INDICUS ORIGIN: EAST INDIES, THE PHILIPPINES
One of the most splendid burls, Amboyna Burl is an exotic wood that is one of about 60 in the Pterocarpus genus, which is reported to consist of small to large trees distributed throughout the tropics. Pterocarpus indicus is reported to be indigenous to Malaysia, but is also found in the Philippines, Borneo, Burma, New Guinea, and the Malay Archipelago. The bending strength of air-dried wood of the species is similar to that of Teak, which is considered to be strong. Strength in compression parallel to grain is in the high range. Other species in this range include Teak, White oak, and Hard maple. It is moderately hard and resistant to wearing and marring. It is a heavy wood. The wood is high in density.
HISTORY OF MAISON ALPHONSE GIROUX:
Alphonse Giroux, "the merchant of the princes", is an important Parisian manufacturer of luxury furniture and accessories, whose products were intended for an aristocratic and bourgeois clientele, first opening as early as 1799 at No. 7, rue du Coq Saint -Honoré, then Boulevard des Capucines. Originally founded by François-Simon-Alphonse Giroux under the name "A. GIROUX in PARIS", it was taken over by the Giroux children and remained active under the name of "Alphonse Giroux et Cie" until 1867, when the ownership is taken over by Ferdinand Duvinage .
The store founded by Giroux (the elder), often changes in its description of operations in various directories, and one guesses they had very diversified interests. Specializing in paper and artistic supplies, he is also a restorer of paintings and offers objects of fantasy, writing desks, inkwells and also toys. Indeed, on June 6, 1818, he filed the patent for the kaleidoscope, which he also called the "transfigurator." This new toy is a huge success and Alphonse Giroux attracts a clientele in demand for luxury gifts. The store is extremely successful and already very well know and important for restorations. Thus, Louis XVIII solicited Alphonse Giroux to produce the gifts for the children of France: a golden carriage now kept in the Carnavalet Museum. The horses in mother-of-pearl are harnessed with gold, and the coach is adorned with emeralds and glazed in rock crystal.
Moving towards cabinetmaking around 1830, the store continued to provide, among other things, beautiful objects that are offered to children and ladies: toys, sewing kits, sewing tables, boxes and mirrors. The aesthetics of Alphonse Giroux's fabrics often takes inspiration from the styles of the 18th century, but it is far from repeating past models. These are creations, sometimes imbued with Troubadour style , but which will also are seduced by Japonism in the second half of the century. The furniture and accessories by Alphonse Giroux can thus vary in the inspirations, true artistic creations of their authors, but they are always perfect luxury.
This is the case of the cabinet exhibited at the World’s Fair of 1855 , which seduced the Empress Eugenie. This impressive carved linden furniture cabinet seems covered with climbing plants, which invade the space and give it the appearance of escaping from a tale. This cabinet is now kept in the Compiegne Palace.
Anxious to offer the best to its customers, the store remains at the forefront of progress. Thus, in decorative arts, they are associated with Julien-Nicolas Rivart to create porcelain-inlaid piece of furniture, which remain unique examples of this process.
Interested in optics, Giroux the elder is not only the inventor of the kaleidoscope but also the exclusive depository of the daguerreotype, in collaboration with the Maison Susse. Daguerre and Niépce granted him in 1839 the exploitation of the process, so that the very first daguerreotypes, ancestors of the cameras, are stamped Alphonse Giroux, as well as the first photo papers provided by the store.
The Alphonse Giroux house was sold to Duvinage, cousin of Alphonse Giroux son, in 1867, and was run by the widow Duvinage from 1874 to 1882. After a final takeover by Philippe and Arnut, the store closed definitively in 1885.
Rare LARGE Antique Amboyna Burl Wood Box by Alphonse GIROUX