This is a beautiful Oriental black lacquer box intricately inlaid with delicate, tissue thin mother of pearl on all sides and the top. I would imagine it is Chinese and although the age is a mystery, I would not be surprised if it is an antique. This was a wonderful estate find in an attic and has been more recently used to store A4 size paper files. It would certainly still be very useful for that purpose and to add some real glamour to a home office area to hide files in an elegant and decorative way!
It measures 14 1/2 inches wide, 10 inches deep and 11 inches high. The interior measures 13 inches wide. The four corners are 'squared off' and the base is tapered, which gives it a more elegant and less square appearance for a box this size. The box is sound and the top closes nicely. It still has its intricately engraved beautiful brass lock and two brass side handles. This piece is showing quite a lot of wear and use commensurate with its age, which rather adds to its character. It seems as if it surely has quite a story to tell. The interior paper lining, in striking hues of red and magenta pink, looks as if it is original.
There is some loss throughout to the patina of the lacquer (other than in the interior of the top) and to some of the mother of pearl inlays, particularly on the top of the box (please see photo # 8), but the intricate floral designs on the sides are still visually very clear and reflect the light beautifully. Although there is no serious damage or fissures, there are numerous dings and small dents and a great deal of wear to the bottom of the box, to which felt pads were added at some time to protect whatever it was sitting on.
Please do not hesitate to inquire about further photos or any concerns about condition for this lovely, quite unique piece. As this item is being sent from France, tracked shipping charges have been discounted to assist overseas buyers. If shipping to an actual destination is less than what is listed, the difference will be refunded to the buyer. Insurance is included.
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