Found in Paris and from the Victorian era, circa 1860-80, this is an amazing Black Forest carved box, with the most ornate details.
On top of its delicate carving (about the most sophisticated I have ever seen!) the box has lovely scalloped edges.
The motifs are Medieval, inspired by nature and cathedrals.
The wood is medium dark, probably dyed with an ancient, natural dye, coming from walnuts.
This Black Forest wooden lace style seems to have particularly appealed to 19th Century France, while boxes with carved pheasants and quails on top, were more popular with the Swiss.
(Both countries border the Black Forest)
Alas, these delicate wood productions did not last. WWI, which raged in that area, seems to have wiped out a whole generation of skilled craftsmen.
A rare and prestigious box which will bring elegance and character to any room.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 11 3/4". Width: 4 3/8". Height: 3 1/4".
( 30 cm) by ( 11.5 cm) by ( 8.5 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition. Small repair on one side. See pic. (not very noticeable in real), and a tiny, nearly invisible one on the lid. Altogether, hardly any loss to the wood lace, which is remarkable.
Will be shipped "EXPEDITED" from Paris (5-7 days) including online tracking, insurance and signature at delivery.
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