This wonderful lined French jewelry box or dresser box is the perfect accent piece for your boudoir. Made as a book box out of solid walnut it measures 8 ½ inches by 6 3/4 inches, by 2 1/4 inches tall. It is definitely a hand made and one-of-a-kind item, probably made as a gift for somebody very specific. It is styled in the form of a book box so that the front “cover” opens up to reveal the inside of the box that is lined with silk fabric and piping. The cover has pyrographic decorations running around the edges along with a complex pyrographic design burned into the two outside corners of the cover. In the center of the piece is a picture, possibly lithographic in nature, of a young woman attired in Shakespearean style clothing and hat. Around the edge of women there is a wood burned, or pyrographic, design added for emphasis. Finally, there are some carved floral elements on the cover along with a carved name that we are unable to decipher.
The piece is in very good condition. It is all covered on the top and sides with varnish. This has served to emphasize the grain of the wood along with protecting the surface from deterioration over the years. There are a few minor scratches and scrapes to the surface but nothing really significant. The two brass hinges are still intact and function well. Although there is a little soiling to the fabric interior, we have cleaned it as best we could and it is in surprisingly good condition. The cutout of the woman on the cover has a single small spot about 1/8 inch by 1/16 inch where the image has lifted off. All in all, this is an outstanding item, in top notch condition, and just waiting to be put in a place of prominence in somebody’s home. If you know a Francophile, then consider this as a wonderful gift for that person.
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