Large and fabulous antique Napoleon III era French jewelry box, casket. With serpentine shaping to the box, composed of thick oak wood with a rich dark finish, edged in brass beaded trim and resting on bun feet. Richly decorated with patinaed bronze or copper figural appliqués, the mounts having some traces of silver-gilt finish in areas. Exhibiting superb quality and exquisite detail, the mounts include various fascinating figures, motifs and symbols. Featuring a pair of detailed trophy style plaques to the front, allegorizing music and Spring/Summer. The range of instruments include bag pipes, tambourines, and flutes set among florals and foliage. Further decorated with a mount depicting an ermine or mink, below a cartouche lock-plate flanked by cherubs. The sides and corners are surmounted with female caryatid busts, female mascarons and love birds. Adorning the lid is a substantial figural mount. Of quality casting, with openwork and gorgeous detail throughout, in particular the life-like rendering to the animalier figures. Depicting a pair of birds as they attempt to protect their nest from an oncoming snake. The scene is surrounded by twisting vines, leaves and berries. Opening to a cream satin lined interior, showing discoloration and fragility from age. The lock is signed JEAN à RENNES, which was a retailer shop in operation during the second half of the 19th century offering objets dart & curiosités. A superb and extraordinary piece. Measures 12 ½ length x 9 3/8 deep x 6 ½ height. In overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. Looking closely at the lock cartouche, it appears one cherub is missing a part of the leg as shown. Welcome to the Antique Boutique. Our aim is to provide you with a wide selection of quality antiques and collectibles. We describe everything to the best of our ability and the pictures form part of the description. We try to gather as much information about the item before listing, in an effort to offer you with an accurate and honest description. Large, clear and detailed pictures of the item help in this endeavor. Opinion on the condition of an item can vary, depending on the person viewing it. Wear is to be expected due to age and use. Note that the item in the pictures may be larger or smaller in actuality, the pictures do not represent size. Please check the description for dimensions. The item “Antique 19thc French Oak Wood Jewelry Box, Casket, Birds & Snake Figural Bronze” is in sale since Saturday, July 27, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Decorative Arts\Woodenware\Boxes”. The seller is “micflsun” and is located in Canutillo, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Primary Material: Wood
- Featured Refinements: Wood Box
- Type: Boxes