This beautiful box is a true confection with it's luscious ruby red guilloche inset medallion. It originates from Paris and dates towards 1885-1890.
The name, "guilloché", is French, dating back at least to the 1770s,. It is often said to be called after a French engineer named Guillot, who invented a tool or turning machine. It's definition is "a decorative engraving technique in which a very precise intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material". Translucent enamel was applied over the guilloche pattern and was a popular ornamentation for small boxes (and Faberge eggs) in the late 19th century.
This oblong box has the loveliest of shapes with scalloped side ends and lip shaped horizontal sides. The gilded bronze box has very delicately engraved side panels of repeating arabesques. The top of the box has hand cut framing at four sides which features a central flower with arabesque leaves flanking The red enamel is of the richest ruby red hue and is enhanced by a minute wave guilloche pattern. The interior of the box is gilded bronze as is the bottom. The is a lip-shaped clasp for opening. It is heavy and solid for it's demure size.
It measures 3 7/8" x 1 3/4" and is 5/8" thick.The interior is 3/8" deep. It is in very good antique condition, we have not polished it, saving the sumptuous patina.
The very curvaceous shape and the rich red enamel give it a regal and jeweled presence.
Antique Nineteenth Century French Guilloche Gilded Brass Box