This is a gorgeous work which utilizes copper and gilded brass. It dates towards 1890 and originates from the south of France.
The box is formed from a cast gilded brass band which sits atop a gilded brass oval base (guilloche pattern). There are four finely cast gilded brass feet. The copper medallion is inset into a gilded brass frame (textured with a repeating egg and dart). The repousse scene on the copper panel is fascinating. A small party of five, three gentlemen and two ladies are out on an afternoon ride. Two small hunting dogs accompany them. They are dressed in Eighteenth Century costume. The man on the left holds a shotgun; he is talking to the richly dressed lady to his left. A man on the left is mounting his horse. The gentleman at the bottom left is seated, playing with his dog. The repousse work seems to rise from background, creating a lovely life like appearance. The copper patina (the copper could be polished brighter, we love it best as it is with the dark portions in the background giving highlight to the polished figures) is rich an lovely.
The interior is of purple velvet: it is original but does pull away from the interior sides a bit. The box measures: 4” x 2 1/2” x 1” deep. It is in very good antique condition. One of the feet turns in slightly but this does not effect the sturdiness of the box. The hinge is missing one over mount at the left which was purely decorative.
We love this type of work. It was popular for such a short time in French history. The story which rises from the copper is fascinating and beautiful. It is a true work of art from the late nineteenth century.
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18th and 19th Century French Antiques
Fine French Small Antiques; Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Antique Books, Napoleon III, Porte Montre, Cast Bronze