French antique malachite and silvered bronze casket
French, 19th Century
Height 25cm, width 33cm, depth 20cm
This superb jewellery casket is crafted from deftly wrought silvered bronze. The undulating surface of the casket is moulded with a profusion of flowing, foliate motifs, while the corners are mounted with silvered bronze winged espagnolette-like figures. The hinged top is surmounted with an elaborate finial group, while the body of the casket is inset on occasion with malachite roundels. The top opens to reveal a red velvet lined interior.