A collection of these Victorian shell art boxes is hard to beat for decorative purposes. They are so whimsical and beautiful! This is one of the nicest you will find. It is an early one - you can tell from the more elaborate surface designs and larger shells used on the lid. Also, the motifs of flowers and ferns rendered in shells is a sign of an earlier piece, especially those created in France. This is just the sort of period example that a collector would wish to find; a sewing box that was originally a souvenir from La Rochelle as embossed in gold letters on the interior pincushion. The shell work is almost entirely intact, and the interior finishes are in excellent shape. The bone ball feet are appropriate replacements. Don't miss the large murex shell that is the star of the grouping on the lid, and the side panels - each of which sport a different design and a pink tint added to the mastic. The base material is wood with metallic paper covering cardstock on the interior sections; silk covering the pincushion. this is a lovely box in excellent antique condition.
The box measures 6 x 4 x 2 1/2" (15 x 10 x 6 cm) not accounting for the shells.
Extravagant Shell Art Box - Victorian French