This is a magnificent, unusual and rare antique Louis XIV kingwood, satinwood banded and gilt bronze mounted strongbox dating from the late 17th Century.
This splendid large strongbox is rectangular in shape and features impressive gilt bronze strapwork throughout. It has a pair of elaborate ormolu handles so that the box can easily be moved and they feature stunning floral, foliate decoration as well as a putto’s head motif. The elaborate fittings should prevent the box from damage during long travels.
Centrally there is a large escutcheon, that can be opened with a secret lever. Using a key the front panel can be unlocked and when the lid is lifted, one gets access to the main storage space.
The sturdy hinged satinwood banded lid opens to reveal two distinctive recessed compartments inside the lid itself for holding documents. The front fall drops down allowing access to the two useful drawers and two additional secret drawers. The divider between the two drawers also contains a smaller secret compartment, adding extra interest and fascination to this spectacular box.
The locking mechanism works excellently and the strongbox is ready to store your most precious valuables. The strong box has iron rods that are vertically positioned in the side panels and can be screwed onto the wooden floor of a ship or carriage when travelling.
There is no mistaking its unique quality, design, and distinctiveness, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
This strong box is in good untouched condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 24 x Width 39 x Depth 23
Dimensions in inches:
Height 9.4 x Width 15.4 x Depth 9.1
A strongbox or strong box is a sturdy box with a lock for storing valuables.
is a classic furniture wood, almost exclusively used for inlays on very fine furniture. Occasionally it is used in the solid for small items and turned work, including parts of billiard cues, e.g., those made by John Parris. It is brownish-purple with many fine darker stripes and occasional irregular swirls. Occasionally it contains pale streaks of a similar colour to sapwood.
The wood is very dense and hard and can be brought to a spectacular finish. it turns well but due to its density and hardness can be difficult to work with hand tools. It also has a tendency to blunt the tools due to its abrasive properties.
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 09953