This unique French Art Nouveau, faded grandeur box dates to the late 19th century, circa 1890. The box is covered in the most decorative original 19th century velvet fabric (now faded); we see a stylised naturalistic floral design of scrolling water lilies, very similar in design to the velvet furnishing textiles produced by William Morris, C. F. A. Voysey and G P Baker during this period. The exterior is decorated with quality ornate C-scroll gilt metal details, we particularly like the Rococo inspired handle and mount. The box opens to reveal its original silk lining with pink silk lined compartments and an oval bevelled mirror. The box is decorative and unique and is perfect for anyone who loves Art Nouveau or Arts & Crafts items. To the velvet edged interior once can see traces of the original color, the outer velvet would have been so bright in shades of pink, blue and yellow.
This large sophisticated French antique is perfect for storing accessories, jewelry or sewing tools.
Measuring: Width 15 7/8 inch (40.5 cm) by height 4.5 inch (11.5 cm), depth 10.5 inch (27 cm).
Condition: Not pristine but has THE look. An old felt repair to the front of the box where there would have originally been a locking mechanism. Small section missing to one of the corner plates on the lid, the four original ball feet are missing. Two brass corner protectors are missing from the back of the base. There are some small holes and small sections of wear to the velvet. The silk interior is in all original condition with some minor wear and tear. The backing to the interior mirror has oxidized in places.
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Item Id: 11986
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