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We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. A spectacular and large jewelry box in the finest French tradition of the Victorian or Napoleon III era c. 1850-70s, roughly for this box.
The oversized serpentine form is richly adorned in cast bronze trim and up top as cartouche you find a hand painted floral spray. This is original to this beautiful old box, which presents in very nice condition. The painting is perfectly protected under the original cover glass and all trim and the 6 cast bronze ornate feet all combine to elevate it in appeal and height. That it has its original working lock and key, too, tips the scale on this one.
The box is 11.5" x 9" irregular serpentine form, and is 4 tall when closed. Very goodcondition for age and type.
I find just one surface flaw and that is a very small pice of veneer missing on upper back narrow panel, marked with an "x" on our photos so you'll not miss seeing how innocuous it truly is. Additionally, there is a warp to the center front of the lid that makes it a little tricky to get the lock pin to engage. You almost need to push down on the front of the lid to get it to engage as you turn the key. We've priced it lower for this reason. You can see the space in our photos, but to me it isn't distracting in the display of the beautiful old box.
That said, it is a flaw to review. The rest of it has only the slightest evidence of its age, and with all that curved veneer, presents an amazing testament to the artistry of the ebeniste (cabinetry maker) who created it. It is of the finest quality and design, and I would have expected to see an engraved lock plate for one of the lauded top firms such as Tahan, Vervelle, Sormani or Giroux, which would have elevated the price a good deal.Here you have the luxurious casket, and a little better price. It might well be Tahan. But it is an unsigned one. The original interior lining is entirely intact though is not perfect. It is unstained, however, and in very good form for age. Silk in a slightly faded rendition of the original red. Our photos are large and clear.
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