Antique French Ormolu Box with Raised Floral Design Hinged Lid with Signed Miniature of Woman
Description: A beautiful antique rectangular with curved sides ormolu trinket box. The box has a hinged lid and the lid has a hand painted and signed miniature covered and held within a bezel in the center. There is a raised floral design on each side of the miniature. The painted miniature is a of a woman wearing a hat with feathers on top. She has long blondish hair coming down in curls and is wearing a pink colored a low cut period dress. The sides of the box has a raised design with floral garlands. The top of the lid is lightly domed and has a beautiful textured surface. The edges of the lid are also decorated with a delicate raised floral design. Finally, the bottom has a textured design of diamond shapes with a dot in the center. The lid has a prong, which helps keep the lid in place when the box is closed. The interior of the box is unlined and shows the brass coloring and the back of the miniature cover with the prongs holding it in place. The box was probably lined in the past and the lining was lost over the years. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Mid to late 1800's.
Size and Weight: Measures ~4 1/2" by ~3 1/8" and is ~1 3/8" high. The box weighs almost 6 1/2 ounces.
Marks: The box is marked FRANCE on the edge of the lid (see the last photo). The miniature is signed and could be reading "yamvy" or "yamny".
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a beautiful antique French ormolu trinket or vanity box with a beautiful hand painted and signed miniature. Definitely a quality piece worthy of a prominent spot in your small box collection.
Condition: Box is in great condition given its age. We have partially cleaned the box to bring out its true beauty but there is more cleaning to be done. The piece has no breaks or repairs. The miniature is intact, beautiful and has no damage or losses. It does have scratches and general wear to the surfaces commensurate with its age. The hinge is intact and works well. The lining of the box is missing and long gone. The box shows some green residue within the crevasses, which we believe can be cleaned and we leave that to the new owner. Please see photos for additional condition information.