This French inlaid boulle box is a true masterpiece. It is inlaid with brass, copper, pewter and very small pieces of blue, green and red stone. It has a lock and key and is lined in the original red velvet. It dates to the Napoleon III era, 1852 - 1870. The lock is old but works. The inlays are on the top of the lid as well as on all sides. Every time I look at this box, I marvel at the work involved and the patience and craftsmanship required. The condition of the box is very good, with the following signs of age: the lining is worn but intact, the escutcheon around the key is probably a later addition and there are a few pieces of the inlaid stone missing.
Measurements are: 12 3/8" by 8 7/8" and 3 3/4" tall.
Antique Napoleon III Second Empire Boulle Marquetry Ebonized Inlaid Box