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Blue Porcelain and Gilt Jewelry Box in the Louis XVI Style



A jewel casket in the Louis XVI manner by Maison Tahan. Constructed in gilt bronze, and adorned with 'Sevres' type porcelain hand painted polychrome panels on a Bleu Celeste background; of rectangular form, with everted angles, and figures representational of the Classic Arts of Dancing, Music, Poetry and Painting at the corners, and panels to the fascia and top of bucolic scenes, and bouquets to the sides and backs. The lockable hinged lid having its original key, and the interior quilted. The lock bearing the maker's mark 'Tahan Fr de l'empereur' (supplier to the Emperor). French, circa 1870. Maison Tahan Tracing its origins to the beginning of the 19th century, the Maison Tahan became renowned for its small furniture and opulent boxes in the style of Louis XV and Louis XVI. Described as the 'prince' of small-scale cabinet work, their wealthy clientele included Napoleon III. Tahan was a regular exhibitor at the universal exhibitions, including the Great Exhibition of 1851. Their designs can be found in various public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)Width: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
    Repaired: Each item has undergone careful inspection and restoration by a conservation specialist in order to guarantee the original quality and integrity of the object. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 92171stDibs: LU954714356642

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