A true work of art in cast bronze, it was produced in the atelier of Leopold Oudry, a famous bronze maker during the second French empire. Oudry was a part of Paris Exposition Universelle and won a medal in 1855. This stunning box dates from the 1860's.
Each rectangular surface has an entrancing cast forest wildlife scene. We begin with the lid which pictures a sweet doe, resting in the forest on a bed of leaves and branches. The leaves are depicted as individuals, the realistic branches rest on top of the leaves. The doe figure is just astonishing, so very lifelike in both form and detail tot he face and body. A wide 1/2" border repeats a design of flowers and leaves.
The front panel presents a handsome stag with two pretty doe. They stand out in high relief and have incredible detailing in form and features. There is a small fawn in the background behind the doe to the right in lesser relief. The forest fades into the box background with light relief detailing of leaves, trees and foliage. There is a small key hold (the key did not survive with the box). The right side panel depicts the stag only, reclining in the forest, the left panel depicts the proud stag standing in the forest. An entire family seems to come to life in the back panel; the stag grazes, a smaller stag walks into the woods, one pretty doe looks out at the onlooker and a second rests quietly under a tree. The feet of the box are formed from tree branches which curve into half circles.
The bottom of the box has the stamp, "L Oudry et Cie". The interior has a tufted pink cushion at the bottom, this is not original to the box. It measures: 11" x 4" deep x 5" tall ( height to top of deer 7"). It is in exceptional antique condition with brilliant patina and no missing pieces to the cast design.
This is the most spectacular cast decorative boxes from the period that we have found to date. The form of the figures, the detailing of the background is the work of a true master.
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