Today we are offering for sale a rare and absolutely stunning pair of antique Palace-size marquetry French boxes! Expertly and intricately crafted in the 19th century, this pair of dressing room storage caskets feature contrasting marquetry. In very good antique condition, with very minimal wear commensurate with age and fragility. Each box has a naturally-occurring hairline split that goes across the bottom and up the to the edge of the bottom molding on either side (which happens with pieces like this because of the difference in humidity from Europe to US). The marquetry is in very good antique condition. No fading or splitting. The interior of each box is in very good antique condition, with hardly any wear at all. Dimensions of each box: Length: 19″ Depth: 13 1/2″ Height: 7 1/8. HUGE PALACE Pair French 19thC Napoleon III Second Empire Marquetry Boxes Caskets. Today we are very excited to offer for sale an extremely rare and absolutely stunning pair of antique Palace-size marquetry French boxes! This once-in-a-lifetime pair of boxes is beautiful beyond words! Expertly and intricately crafted in France in the 19th century, this pair of dressing room storage caskets were no doubt commissioned and crafted for an aristocratic noblewoman or wealthy upper class person to store valuable and precious treasures. Each box is just the epitome of elegance and luxury, from a bygone era of refinement and beauty when even the most humble object, like a storage box, was ornamented and luxuriated to be a work of art itself. Both boxes are Palace or Chateau-sized, meaning their larger than usual size indicates grand and noble object(s) was stored within. We believe these boxes were used in a ladie’s dressing room to store a diadem/tiara or another precious rare object since the interior is luxuriously and softly upholstered to cushion and protect the item. A wonderful and magnificent feature of these boxes that is extremely rare and seldom seem in the open market is the absolutely majestic contrasting marquetry: one box features the same marquetry as the other box but the marquetry wood is reversed. This striking features creates a graphic design contrast between both boxes, highlighting different areas of the marquetry in a play of light and darkness. The marquetry design feature an exuberant and very ornate Napoleon III Second Empire neo-baroque style that recalls the work of André Charles Boulle, the preferred cabinet maker of the Sun King Louis XIV from the 17th century. The interior of each box features luxurious Aquamarine blue silk that is tufted with matching fringe. Both boxes present beautifully and are in very good antique condition, with very minimal wear commensurate with age and fragility. Each box has a naturally-occurring hairline split that goes across the bottom and up the to the edge of the bottom molding on either side (which happens with pieces like this because of changes in humidity over time). These treasures from a gilded and glamorous time would make a fabulous gift to a bride for her trousseau! These treasure boxes will add old world grandeur and elegance to any room in your home or business! Fresh to the market… Item(s) will be professionally packed to prevent damage in transit. Feel welcome to message us with further questions or requests for more images, and thank you for looking! Please remit promptly, via. We are experienced shippers! Your satisfaction is important to us. It will be our pleasure to leave you great feedback, in return! Established in 2007, The. Rhode Island Antiques Mall. (adjacent to I-95, exit 30, in historic Pawtucket, RI) is the highest volume antiques mall in the American Northeast! We are a magnet for rare and unusual items! AUCTIONS are listed with NO RESERVES. Watch for periodic SALES and Price Reductions! Thanks for looking and check back often! New Items are listed EVERY WEEK. 345 Fountain Street Pawtucket, RI 02860. Thank you for looking! Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. Auctiva gets you noticed! Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “HUGE PALACE Pair French 19thC Napoleon III Second Empire Marquetry Boxes Caskets” is in sale since Tuesday, May 15, 2018. This item is in the category “Antiques\Decorative Arts\Woodenware\Boxes”. The seller is “ri2u” and is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Age: 1850-1899
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Color: Multi-Color
- Style: 2nd Empire
- Country/Region of Origin: France
- Primary Material: Wood