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This pretty round box belonged to my grandmother and for years it sat on a piece of furniture that held piano partitions!

The black finish lacquer of the exterior is complemented by a lovely robin's egg shade on the inside.
The top and circumference of the box are decorated with lovely floral design finely executed in iridescent mother of pearl. Clusters of flowers and leaves like hydrangeas decorate a long stem that waves around the body of the box. Flowers and bay fruits on a spray of fine stems decorate the top.

The box in in good condition , but the papier-mâché top displays an area with cracks on the bottom edge of the flower design, clearly seen in the last photo, where it probably hit the floor at some point. but it isn't detrimental to the beauty of the box.
Also typical for an object of this time period is a very light web of cracking in the lacquer surface of the box.
There are areas of missing blue lacquer inside revealing the black surface beneath, and some yellowing o a clear varnish finish, which makes me think that the box did not contain powder but rather solid items, which, over time rubbed on the paint.

The box is 3 3/8" in diameter by 2 15/16" high.

Item ID: LAD016

Napoleon III Papier Mâché Box With Mother Of Pearl Inlays

$100 USD

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