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Antique French Silverplate Figural Porte-Lettre
A beautifully executed and extravagant piece, it comes from Paris and dates from 1900-1910. We picture it holding a lovely French card.
It's body is of cast metal which has been silver plated. The design is absolutely extravagant. The very front panel depicts a winged cherub penning a letter of his own. He has a phoenix bird to his left and a cornucopia and cascading leaves to his right. Each side panel features a large urn with berries, palm leaves and vines. The tall triangular back is formed with swirling arabesques with a central cartouche. Flowers and shell-shaped flowers intermix in the design. Even the back panel (which is often left unadorned) has been incised with an extravagant design.
There are two compartments for letters, the front one measures 5/8" deep and the back one measures 1 7/8" deep. The piece is very solid and heavy; the cast designs (front and sides) all appear in sharp 2-D. The entire letter box measures: 5" wide (front), 6" wide (back), 3 3/4" tall (front), 7" tall (back), and 2 3/4 deep front to back.It is in very good condition with only light wear to the silver plate on the front panel (typical with age and use, giving the piece a lovely patina).
It could serve on an antique desk or would be fabulous to hold brushes on an elegant French vanity.