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Large Antique Nineteenth Century French Bronze Casket
A magnificent example, it dates from 1880-1900 and originates from Paris.
It is made of solid, cast bronze and is heavy, weighing nine pounds. Beginning at the bottom, there are four very decorative upturned feet. There are four elongated panels above the feet, the front and back hold a central cartouche medallion (for engraved initials), with arabesques and scrolls surrounding. Above this are wide panels with curving scrolls, surrounded by arabesques and filigree. Four beautiful cherub busts, with wings on either side are found at each corner. There is a metal lock but (sadly) no key.
The lid if framed by a row of raised dentelle. It slopes upward with panels filled by arabesques and scrolling. There are four raised cartouche medallions at each corner. There is a very decorative, mounted handle.
The original interior is lined with extensively tufted claret silk.It is very thick, 1/2". The tufting is done with an unusually large number of silk covered buttons. It does lack the decorative braid lining at the top edges. The lining has pulled away slightly in the corners and there is evidence of re-gluing from some time in the boxes history. But, the lining is original to the box, the color is still rich and luxurious and the material shows little fraying (some fabric edges at bottom seam have come un-tucked). There is spotting and darkening in accordance with use and age.
The measurements are: 9" long, 6 1/2" deep 7 1/2" tall; the handle 3" tall above that; the interior is 4" deep. It is in good antique condition, the exterior especially survives in very good condition. The interior is in accordance with age (see description above) and is original to the box.
It is a fabulous box from an era when fabulous objects were treasured and used.
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