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Beautiful Ornate Dore Bronze & Beveled Glass Jewel Casket
This beautiful Art Nouveau casket is all original & amazingly we have it's key. It's dore bronze frame & mounts are all in excellent plus condition with no cracks, breaks, dents, deep scratches, missing pieces or repairs. The dore (a form of gold plating) is the original & also in excellent condition. There are two different finishes to the metal/plating. The frame, feet & lid's attached openwork pattern are a glossy like finish. The pillar looking mounts (left side photo # 9) on the sides of the casket & the lock mount (photo insert in photo # 8) are a satin finish. The plating is vibrant in color with just a touch of that age grayness that dore gets after 100 years of hand oils - it is more evident on the satin finish. The base of the box as you can see has definite age spotting. The glass is also in excellent condition. It is clear & bright with no chips, cracks, deep scratches or repairs. All five panels of glass have beveled accents. The four side panels all have beveled rims with an approx 3/16" of the rim showing. The lid panel is comprised of multiple curved & angled beveled patterns. It was extremely hard to count as the openwork bronze pattern covers facet/angle changes in the beveling. But I would have to say there is a minimum of 14 patterns. Rotating the casket for best light, with intense, close up inspection you can see what you think is an occasional speck or a hint of lint. When you view this with a 10 power loop you find it is one of those pesky 1/64" nicks/scratches from normal use. I also found a very very shallow line like scratch. The area is a total length of 1 1/8". But the scratch is not 1 1/8" as it is an on again off again scratch. There are two approx. 1/64" nicks on the scratch that look like specks of dirt. Please see right side of photo # 9. I stuffed the casket with dark black material & then over exposed photo to show the area. The casket's silk lining is original. It has all it's button like pattern anchors. The silk does have some stains & horizontal shredding due to age. The hinge is original & in smooth working order. The casket closes with a firm, loud click. We are attributing this casket to French origin, circa 1900. It always amazes me when a lovely item like this has such design imagination & wonderful craftsmanship but no maker's marks. The casket itself is 5 3/8" long x 4 1/8" wide. At the bottom of the feet it is 6" long x 4 1/2" wide & stands almost 4" tall. You will have to look far & wide to find one in better condition. A beautiful decorator item or display piece for your cabinet.
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