This is an absolutely fantastic find. It was discovered in a San Francisco estate and purported to have belonged to the Ambassador To France in the late 19th century. It is a magnificent desk top quadruple bronze picture frame retaining what we believe to be original family photographs of the mother and father and two sisters. The frame is bronze with a gold gilding to the finish. The base is triangular in shape with a full bodied sphinx at each outward corner. The top is hinged and folds together like a book. When you open the top it reveals four sections for photographs. There is a signature on the back side of the base however we cannot distinguish it. Perhaps our photos will make it clearer. This magnificent Egyptian Revival piece measures 6 1/4 inches at the tallest part of the back by 7 1/2 inches at the widest part of the base. When closed the photo section measures 5 1/4 inches wide by 3 3/4 inches deep and when open to reveal all four photos it measures 10 1/2 inches wide. The front cover when closed displays an incised Roman Key design. This is a very rare and unusual piece weighing 4 pounds. This is absolute quality throughout and a wonderful example of high grade craftsmanship from an elegant bygone era.
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