Remarkable & rare antique 19th century French Napoleon III era jewelry, sewing & scent casket, a gorgeous box in the shape of a miniature doll sized dressing table or chest of drawers with boulle style brass, enamel & mother of pearl inlays and beautiful rosewood veneers with turned accents & feet! WOW, what a beautiful and rare old casket, the first of its kind that we've had the pleasure to offer! Gorgeous rosewood veneers with sleek brass string or strip inlays, boulle medallions on the two front doors and top drop-down cabinet door. Behind that top door is an opulent little setting, a mirror in the back with lovely silk drapes, a space below for a scent or perfume bottle and fittings in the door itself for sewing items. Only an old pair of scissors remain, the fittings would also hold a thimble, needle case and bodkin. There's even a velvet pin cushion in the front, lovely! Just in from France and rare, rare, rare. These miniature pieces are highly collectible, wonderful decorative accents in an opulent doll house setting but they're also fabulous as the Napoleon III era sewing pieces that they are. Likely a Palais Royal piece, the style very distinct, very rare and as opulent as they come. I'd not have been surprised if it was a marked Tahan, Vervelle, or Sormani work. The finest! Unfortunate that it's missing most of its sewing implements but, alas, the box itself is exquisite! A magnificent antique casket whether you're a doll or sewing enthusiast, don't miss it!
Very good to excellent condition. As noted, only the scissors remain inside, missing the perfume and other sewing items. A slight bit of soiling to the fabric around the scent bottle fitting. No missing or damaged boulle inlays, no chips or losses to the rosewood veneer that I can see. Just lovely inside & out! See pictures for measurements.
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