Very nice little antique jewelry box in gilded bronze with mercury, finely chiseled, set with beautiful cloisonne enamels on all sides in bright colors.
The floral and luxuriant ornamentation of this box, revealing an interior lined with red silk, does not overwhelm the finesse of these four small cambered feet, or it rests.
Garlands of gadroons in the form of olives and masquerons, sublimate its lid with four corners meticulously decorated with enamels, each representing a magnificent cathedral rose window in bright colors.
Period: 19th century
Dimensions: H:12 x W:14 x D:10 cm
Marked under the box
The first jewelry boxes date back to Ancient Egypt. Indeed, the majority of Egyptians, both men and women, wore jewelry.
At the time and for many years, they were more like chests. They were called "jewelry boxes".
The idea of this object was mainly to keep precious items safe, rather than to preserve the quality of the pieces.
In ancient Rome, the jewelry box was used by individuals of high status, as only they owned jewelry.
It was the same until the Victorian era. The jewelry box was reserved for the elite, for those who had enough precious goods to have to store them.
A real jewel in itself!