Magnificent Antique French Napoleon III Boulle Jewelry Desk Casket - For Sale
Magnificent Antique French Napoleon III Boulle Jewelry Desk Casket
An absolutely exquisite antique French jewelry or desk top box with rococo brass and tortoise shell inlay on both top and front. The Boulle work is simply breathtaking; intricate foliate motif elaborately spread across the entire surfaces of ebonized pear wood. On top there is a central cartouche that has NOT been monogrammed; so it's ready for yours. Condition is very good. Brass fittings sturdy, but the key is missing. A little drying to the tortoise shell, minor age related hairline cracks and some loss at two of the corners. In no way detracting from the beauty of this piece; the losses well hidden in the exceptional detail of the work. Also there is a stain in the bottom corner of the dusky pink silk lining. Perhaps a bit of perfume spilt once. The size of the casket would easily lend itself to the storage of expensive perfume vials. But I would emphasize versatility for this casket; it would look wonderful on a fine antique desk for letters, envelopes, whatever you like!