Apollo Studios Ormolu and Guilloche Trinket Box with Floral Medallion
From the Art Deco period comes this lovely trinket box lined in a deep claret velvet. The lid is centered with a guilloche medallion having hand painted flowers. The guilloche shows slight age-related mottling of colour. Raised on four bun feet, the circumference is decorated with rows of incised design. Perfect to contain favourite rings and earrings or other small items on one's dressing table.
Apollo Studios of New York City were master craftsmen in metal work, rivaling some of their contemporaries, such as Tiffany Studios. In olde New York, when Astors, Vanderbilts and Rockefellers ruled society, there was a stretch of Fifth Avenue known as the Ladies Mile. One of the best stores on Ladies Mile was called Ovington's. They imported things from France, and also commissioned items for their store. Apollo Studios of New York was one of the suppliers to Ovington's. Their goods rivaled those of the Paris makers in quality and style, so they were chosen to create things which would attract the patronage of the carriage trade. If I could go back in time, one of the visits I would love to make would be to Ovington's to see the glittering array of items being offered there to the monied elite. Imagine stepping off Fifth Avenue onto the floor of this luxurious emporium, with attentive shop people proffering gloves, parasols, opera glasses, perfumes, china, paintings, silver tea services, and beautiful vanity items such as this box. All the accoutrements one needed to present a prosperous appearance and impress others. Ovington's was similar to Selfridge's in London.
Dimensions are 6" x 4" x 2 1/2"
Très charmante, n'est-ce pas?