This is a sumptuous box from the era of rich ornamentation and luxurious taste. It dates towards 1870 and originates from Paris.
The box is made of six octagonal panels which stand on pretty gilded brass feet. Each panel has a background (original) of deep claret velvet (the nap of the velvet is lighter or darker depending on the angle viewed). The front panel has a gilded ormolu mount in the form of a festoon of roses and leaves. The keyhole has a gilded mount as well featuring a scroll and central cartouche (no key present). The top panel has a large (1 3/4”) gilded mount which features two young ladies with ribbons and garlands of flowers. In the center is a large laurel wreath with a central ribbon. The remaining two side panels and the bottom panel are plain, with no ormolu.
Each panel is set into a gilded brass frame. The top and bottom are framed by a gilded brass braid. At the corners are “S” curve mounts which hold a gilded chain (which swags around the entire box). There are four bezel set paste stones at each corner which hang from the corner mounts. At the top corners are triangular insets of dark enamel which has an inlay pattern of flowers in mother of pearl and colored enamel.
The interior has been restored with a red silk lining. This is nicely done with a royal blue silk braid and is complimentary to the red velvet. The box measures: 3 1/2” tall, 6” wide, 3 3/4” deep. The interior is 2 1/8” deep. It is in very good antique condition.
It is a charming and very individual box. The little jewels at each corner add a particular bit of elegance to this very lovely piece.
Antique Napoleon III Era Boite/Box with Enamel Inlay and Gilded Ormolu