A divine French Art Nouveau box from the 1890s, carved like lace, except this is wood! with an ornate motif of butterflies.
(First pic shows accurate color, which is even in real)
This is a perfection in the Art Nouveau style, ( style "nouille" like the Paris Metro! ) and it would be difficult to find anything more sophisticated or typical of the era.
The box is in the best condition possible for its age and level of carving, By experience I can say they do not get any better.
Though many French boxes with this type of carving come from the Black Forest, I am hesitant to say this one does, as it seems to be more the work of a city crafts studio than one from the countryside.
The "nouille" motifs are an enchantment. The shape with its extra ornate corners, delightfully inventive.
This is a box done by a real artist, trained in a serious Art School, and aware of ideal dimensions for objects, while being perfectly at ease with patterns and decor.
An amazing 19th Century artifact which will bring Art and prestige to any decor!
In very good condition. Carving is intact. Lid not perfectly flat though, and key though original to the piece turns in the lock without locking. This may be fixed by a locksmith, but unfortunately we do not have the expertise.
Length at basis: 12 " Width: 8 3/4" Height: 5 1/4"
( 20.5 cm by 22 cm by 13.5 cm)
Will be shipped "EXPEDITED" from Paris (5-7 days) including online tracking, insurance and signature at delivery.
( you may also be interested in 2 other boxes: an earlier "wood lace" box with a more Gothic carving:
Item ID: 34176box
and a small Art Nouveau brass box, also a perfection in the style
Item ID: 3348nouveau
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