An exceptionally fine example of the mid-1800s Grand Tour souvenir pietra dura mosaic items of Rome and Florence. The subtle shading of the old marble having been cut specifically for the look of leaves, petals, and with 5 pristine mosaic panels on this one, a gorgeous work of art. The shaded and colored marble and semi-precious stones used in these fine old mosaic items from Italy are perfectly worked in this one. We have no signature on it, but surely the work of one of the Master mosaicists of that era. These are Italian items, sometimes the box is made in France and set with the mosaic work from Italy. We know that because many of these old ones had French maker names engraved on the lock plate such as Tahan, Vervelle, Giroux. They were luxury goods purveyors of highest regard in Paris, mid-1800s and often imported the finest goods from other countries to augment their own cabinetry works in their boutiques.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, with a nod only to the inner lid's missing silk satin covered interior liner. That can be very easily replaced. All yo need is to find a corresponding color of silk satin, then carefully cut a cardboard oval the right size for interior fitting, cover it with a light pad of cotton batt, then with the crimson silk fabric. If I had the right color on hand, I'd do it. Will see about finding some and will annotate the listing if we do get it done. The rest of the interior lining is in very fine condition, silk velvet and satin, no stains and no odors. The metal used on the casket here in this listing is a bright gold finish alloy, does not seem to tarnish. All 5 of those marble mosaic (pietra dura) plaques are in excellent condition, no chips or cracks, no loss or hairlines. Beautifully preserved. The casket is a good sized one at 6" x 4.5" oval, and is 3" tall when closed. Hinge and clasp intact, fine.