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This very unusual basket-shaped French Grand Tour jewel casket features two pictures: Notre Dame de Fourviere and Eglise and Tour of Fourvieres in Lyon, France. This type of casket is known as a "grand tour" souvenir (dating from the turn of the 19th century, when the wealthy upper classes traveled to the great cities of Europe). These caskets typically featured prominent cities and monuments in France.
The casket has two lids which open separately in a "butterfly" style. The four beveled glass sides are extra thick (1/4") glass. It has a tall, (2 1/2") braided metal handle. The metal feet are fancy and stylized. The botttom has a crimson silk cushion ornamented with five silk buttons (some fraying to the top of the cushion). The casket is in excellent condition. It measures: 2 1/2" wide, 3 3/4" deep and (to the top of the handle) 5 1/2" tall.
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French Grand Tour Gilt & Beveled Glass Jewel Casket
Fine French Small Antiques; Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Antique Books, Napoleon III, Porte Montre, Cast Bronze