Fine Antique French Boulle & Dore Bronze Glove Box, Jewelry Chest, Napoleon III c. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers., and it's a gorgeous old thing! This is a mid-late 1800s French boulle glove box of finest quality. You can see it by the dual marquetry in brass and shell, and by the elaborate hardware which remains intact. The hinged front and original finished wood interior tells us it was made for a gentleman. A lady's glove box almost always would be plush inside with a thick padded silk lining. These days, this size and style of 19th century box no longer is thought of for gloves so much as just as a stunning tabletop or desk box, and as often houses documents or family letters of treasure status (think your old love letters) or perhaps jewelry (particularly in the padded ones). Gloves might come back into fashion, however.
The work on the superb box shown here is referred to in abbreviated and more common term "boulle" but the name hails from the grand Master ebeniste or cabinetry and furniture maker of the late 1600s to early 1700s who invented this elaborate form of hard/soft marquetry work, André Charles Boulle (11 November 1642 29 February 1732). You might have seen the work of that Master in any of a host of the world's top museum collections, and certainly you've seen and coveted many of the boxes and furnishing that took on his original style (this box being one such).
The box's measurements are noted on the photos, as are the few imperfections. Very good to excellent condition for age and type, you will see I've noted a couple of rough spots on the inlays, primarily found on the outer edges of the drop-down front panel. If in Paris, this box would be snapped up and a quick restoration of those spots done so it's in perfect condition. We want you to see how it is just now.
We can improve it for the next owner, but you will want to know that the price showing takes those small flaws into consideration. Look over our photos of all sides of this one for any other light signs of its advanced age (over 150 years at minimum) and don't wait long on your decision - the price is way below market for these gorgeous things!
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This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts". The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.