Ebonized wood comprises the body of the box, appliqués of bronze or near-bronze cast alloy cover it and much of that is either enameled, itself, or creates the frame into which individually kiln-fired ornamental plaques of copper and enamel work have been set. The sizes vary, and in all there are 12 plaques, 3 of which are smaller ovals (sides of box and one above key escutcheon) which are copper only, having lost the enamel work, but it balances and still looks fabulous. Even the interior is lovely. Perhaps an old sewing or desk box, it has ribbon pins in the inner lid, which once strung again with a silk ribbon, will anchor envelopes, notes, calling cards, or similar ephemera of your choosing, or act as braces for pin brooches you'd like to display - you'll find the perfect spot and use. Isn't it just gorgeous!We've shown it in our final photo with some of the navy or cobalt blue kiln-fired enamel items we have currently in inventory. They're all offered separately, but give you a sense of how to put together a superb tabletop or desktop display of your own. Working lock with original key present, too. Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Dating it late Napoleon I, but could be 10 years one way or the other.
Our book reference for the early enamel boxes helps us date this one. It has a lovely original silk moire interior lining still in very good form, and while there are slight imperfections on the exterior (a few rub/push mars to the old wood here or there) and the issue of 3 of the plaques being just the copper plaque without its enamel work at this time, it's also priced accordingly for those small imperfections. If we decide to send the 3 medallions out for restoration, we'll up our price once it's finished, of course. I rather like it just as it is since the 3 are matching in size, and are on either side, and one just above the key escutcheon so they look like it should be that way.
The box is 13.5 long, oversized! And 10" front to back, 6" tall when closed. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important.
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The item "RARE 13.5 Antique French Table, Jewelry Box, Gem-Set Kiln-fired Enamel Plaques" is in sale since Saturday, April 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts". The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.