This beautiful Niçoise marquetry jewelry box 19th century is a piece of great quality of execution. The box has a slightly curved belt on the part surrounding the lid. One will notice that at the level of the base, the bulge is a little more accentuated. This jewelry box in marquetry niçoise of the XIXth century is closed by a small key on the front. It rests on four small round blackened wooden feet.
Moreover the very beautiful marquetry on the lid attracts attention. Its subject is particularly pleasant. In front of a shed decorated with Virginia creeper, a young peasant girl is wearing a floppy hat. She is sitting on a donkey carrying a wicker basket. In addition, she is talking with another peasant woman holding a rake in front of her, a little girl feeding the donkey. This pastoral scene is of a delicate nostalgia. A frieze of wood of different species highlights the delicacy of the relief. The box contains inside a removable compartment with seven compartments of different sizes.
Good general condition, some wear and tear. The varnish is in good condition.
This Niçoise marquetry jewelry box of the XIXth century is made of olive wood. The decoration is made of different species of fruit woods and precious woods. It is worth noting that this refined work was imported by craftsmen from the surroundings of Naples. Their city of origin is Sorrento. A keen sense of smell notices the pleasant smell of the olive tree. It recalls the round scent of certain olive oils. A “butterfly’s wing” veneer, present both on the belt and around the animated decoration on the lid, highlights the mastery of the craftsmen of the past.
Also, it will be of interest not only to lovers of regionalism but also to international collectors. This art craft finds its peak at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. It blends easily with contemporary interiors.
Including in its intimacy this jewelry box in marquetry Niçoise immediately puts a poetic touch of the past that seduces and reassures us. This art, ephemeral by nature, is a moving testimony to the men and women who have gone before us. This refined and utilitarian object will find its place in all classic or modern interiors.
Pierre CARRON for P&P Art leaders.