Spectacular Palais Royal signature box, finest boulle work from Napoleon III era Paris. The lock plate is engraved with the very sought after "Palais Royal" market marks, ("Smal Fils, Palais Royal, 7") meaning this fine set would have been made for the boutiques along the garden promenade of the old Palais Royal, home of Cardinal Richelieu and gathering place for Royals and elite of several centuries. The box is splendid, and even still retains it's working and original key - imagine that. This is a lady's sewing and vanity box, fitted with her perfume bottles (most certainly Baccarat or St. Louis crystal, fine and well-gilded still, though unsigned). There is also an array of sewing items, some of which are surely original to this box, but not perhaps all. We'll leave them in just as I bought this one in France, and you can sort them out. There is, however, a lovely crochet set with interchangeable sized hooks which screw-mount into the handle that remains with the box, and a needle case and loose to hold embroidery scissors which are no longer in the set. A rather large stiletto also is with the box, probably not original to it. Sewing tools tray lifts to reveal a compartment below. Measurements noted on our photos.
Very good condition for age and type. No losses to the inlays of boulle work (named for Charles Boulle, 1700s furniture maker who developed this form of marquetry). There is one canted corner section of pencil edging that has been replaced (nicely done, bears just a mention) and a small area where the brass inlay is slightly disturbed, rippled, but it is all intact and so is the faux shell. There is a good deal of age to the interior silk velveteen lining, as you can see. Still, it's intact and free of odor and stain - it's just deteriorated over time. The old steel sewing and crochet tools show patination changes typical of old steel tools, as you can see. The 2 Baccarat scent bottles are generous in size and have not a single chip nor crack, stoppers will remove easily, as well. Clean and pristine, and valued rather well all on their own in this condition, I might add. A splendid lady's box.
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