This fine antique jewelry casket, crafted in silvered bronze and set with highly detailed enamel panels, is exemplary of the high quality of decorative objects produced in France in the 19th Century, displaying exquisite craftsmanship and made with luxurious materials.
The silvered bronze casket is rectangular in shape and features intricately cast details – with four cherub figures mounted onto each of the corners, and extravagantly detailed scrolling, foliate feet. The casket is further ornamented with five inlaid enamel panels – with one to the lid and four to each of the sides. The enamel panels depict figures walking and sitting in a shadowy, romantic garden, playing and sharing entertainment. The figures wear Renaissance style clothing in bright, jewel-like colours, contrasting against the shadowed foliage of the garden.
The upper panel on the lid of the casket is signed to the lower right corner ‘L. Cotteutz’, being the artist responsible for producing the very finely rendered enamel panels. The technique of painting in enamel is an extremely skilled and time-consuming process and one that is rarely used today, given its complexity. Enamel paintings, however, have the benefit of preserving the paintwork in virtually pristine condition over time, and that is certainly the case with this fine example.
The casket lid is hinged and can be locked with a key. It opens to uncover an interior for the storage of jewelry, lined in sumptuous red velvet.