From around 1850 to 1880 it was quite fashionable in France/Paris for well dressed ladies and gentlemen to wear expensive kid leather or crocheted lace gloves. It followed that such lovely and expensive gloves needed a means of safe storage and skilled craftsmen began making elegant and very expensive boxes for that purpose. Called “Gants” Boxes, they often became much more expensive and treasured than the gloves. As they evolved they often were made of exotic hardwoods and were decorated with brass stringing and intricate boulle inlays of brass and rare materials. Whenever we are in France we always watch for these boxes and once in a while But not often. We find ones that are still preserved in their almost original state. This is one of the very finest and best preserved in our experience. This is a French Antique Napoleon III Era Gants box with a Brass Boulle Inlay on the top. The Box is made of hardwood, probably mahogany, or walnut, finished with black lacquer we believe and lined inside with some exotic burl type wood. Around its top is a sloped inlay of wood, possibly kingwood. The brass Boulle cartouche has four floral inlays, Probably French Lillies, and a brown colored wood. It has brass stringing on the top and the front. There is a working lock with the original key we presume. It is probably the most perfect Napoleon III French Antique Box that we have found but it does have a chip missing out of the veneer on the corner of the front opening. It does not show when closed and we chose not to restore it. A new owner may wish to have us do that. The boulle inlays are intact and perfect. No cracking or warping in the wood. No lifts or missing brass in the stringing or boulle. Plus the cartouche on the lid has never been engraved with any initials, nor do we recommend that but we invite a new owner to make that decision. We would not have been surprised to find the name, Tahan, Giroux, or Vervelle on the box as its craftsmanship compares to their work. It measures 11.5 inches long, just over 4 inches wide, and is 3.25 inches tall. It weighs 1 pound 6 ounces. These boxes make an extraordinary gift for yourself, a family member, or for a special friend. We suggest they be placed for safe display because of their beauty but they can provide a resting place for that iPhone, car keys. Or other treasures for which you constantly are searching. By far the best use is to get a couple airline tickets for a weekend in Paris, put them in this box, and give them as a gift to someone very special who would love to accompany you. We have a few more we will be listing, all of them stunning. Look at them all carefully and we invite your combined order. The item “Napoleon III French Antique Glove or Gants Box withBoulle MOP Inlays” is in sale since Thursday, February 21, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts”. The seller is “435jamesp” and is located in Manti, Utah. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay.
- Maker: Unknown
- Age: 1850-1899
- Primary Material: Hardwood, Lacquer, Brass Inlay
- Color: Black
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Style: Napoleon III
- Country/Region of Origin: France