Exquisite, Napoleon III, French, Palais Royal, Dore Bronze, Enamel & Mother of Pearl, Combination Music & Trinket / Dresser Box
This prize from the Napoleon III era, is a fantastic example of a souvenir trinket from the Grand Tour. These types of items would have been purchased at one of the many boutiques along the Palais Royale in Paris. (Napoleon III era circa 1850 - 70) This amazing, French, circa 1850, Napoleon III era, combination music and trinket box is accented with an intricate, bronze plaque. This trinket/music box is one of the best I have seen in a very long time! There are many other vanity boxes offered but not many with these fabulous details and priced to sell!
This heavy, combination music/trinket box stands on four, engraved, round feet. Inset into the top of this magnificent box is a three dimensional, dore bronze plaque. Three, dore bronze frames/borders accent the lid of the box. The outer frame is a rope-twist design. The middle frame is horizontal ribbing accented with raised circles. Finally, the inside frame is accented with a shell design. Inset into the center of the lid is a rectangular shaped, bronze plaque. A double, enameled border encircles the plaque. A bright white colored, solid, enamel border outlines a second, cobalt blue colored, enamel border. Unfortunately, the cobalt blue colored enamel has suffered two damages. This is normal for the age of this outstanding piece. A solid, gold colored banding outlines the enamel border. A white colored, enameled trumpet flower accents each corner of the white enamel border. Three-dimensional figures in traditional costume decorate the plaque. The beautiful plaque is created in high relief. The plaque depicts a wonderful scene of men, women and children in what looks like a house or palace. Some of the figures are sitting in chairs; others are grasping each other and holding on to their clothes. Each person is beautifully detailed! There is even a chicken pecking at the ground and guarding her eggs. There are too many details to describe. The scene is incredible! Applied, bronze fleur-de-lis and trumpet flowers accent the top of the box. Four (4) applied fleur-de-lis encircle the enamel banding. Full figure trumpet flowers flank the fancy fleur-de-lis. An ornate garland of trumpet flowers and blossoms adorns each corner of the box. The four swags of trumpet flowers match the flowers on the fleur-de-lis. The elaborate fleur-de-lis and trumpet flowers are set against a mother of pearl background. The luminous mother of pearl radiates all of the colors of the rainbow. A beautiful pattern of flowing, flowers, blossoms, vines and leaves accent the sides of this outstanding box. The flower blossoms, leaves and vines are engraved to form a three dimensional effect. They are a work of art! It is like a beautiful bouquet of flowers - it makes you think spring! Stunning garlands of flowers, blossoms, vines and leaves are engraved on the underside of this magnificent box. Every inch of this box is embellished with outstanding engraving! This gorgeous combination music/trinket box was produced by an experienced craftsman. The bronze doré remains brilliant. The spots that are seen are just dust and glare from the camera. The lid opens to reveal the original wood interior. There are two compartments to store your valuables. Housed inside the wooden compartment is the music box. Built into the bottom of the box is a bronze winding key. When the wind up key is turned to the right this activates the mechanism to turn on the music. A tiny wire at the top right edge of the box pops up when the lid is open, allowing the tune to begin. The music is heavenly, clear and bright. It is amazing that this box is still in great working condition. The music box plays a pretty melody. Unfortunately, I do not recognize the song. You might be better at playing name that tune! The extraordinary workmanship of this stunning trinket box is amazing. The lid opens easily and snaps shut securely. The dore bronze has a nice, warm patina. I did not want to polish this piece and ruin the patina. I will leave the cleaning to the new owner. The brilliant, dore bronze work sparkles in the light. The black and white spots that are seen in the photographs are dust. In the photographs, everything is MAGNIFIED. Any discoloration in the photos is glare and shadows. I did not thoroughly scrub all of the dust from this gorgeous box. I will leave the cleaning to the proud new owner. This is a beautifully made exceptional piece. This piece is sensational in every detail! This delightful dresser box cannot be fully appreciated from the photographs! The photos do not do this SPECTACULAR piece justice! It was hard to capture the true dimension and depth of the figures, the beautiful engraving, etc., in the photographs. The workmanship on this piece is outstanding! This trinket box is top quality! This magnificent box is much more beautiful in real life. The four feet are a bit wobbly. After tightening the feet, the piece will stand securely. This is not a damage – the feet can be easily fixed with a screwdriver. I cannot tell if there is a tiny damage to the mother of pearl. I looked under the loupe and can see a faint line. It could be dirt – to be accurate I will mention the line. There are two bruises to the cobalt blue colored enamel. The spectacular artistry far outweighs the tiny bit of damage (MINOR bruising and scratches on the cobalt blue colored enamel) on this heavenly trinket box. Only if you really examine this wonderful box do you see the damages. The damages are mentioned for accuracy and the trinket box is priced accordingly. I ALWAYS mention EVERY, TINY damage. I prefer to be overly cautious then to have an unhappy customer. Otherwise; GREAT condition; NO; DINGS, DENTS, REPAIRS, CHIPS, FLAKES, or CRACKS! The detailed artistry far outweighs the tiny bit of damage on this glorious Palais Royal box. This combination, trinket and music box is perfect for display on your dressing table. This stunning box measures approximately 2 ¾ inches in height by 5 ½ inches in length by 4 ½ inches in width. This fantastic Palais Royal box would be a great gift for the collector. ***PLEASE NOTE: PayPal Payments due within 48 hours of purchase. *** ALL shipping costs are included! PRICED TO SELL!! **FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE**!! COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE!!!
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