A fascinating display of French craftsmanship, this intricately worked silvered bronze jewelry or table box is in the style of David Teniers II. Teniers the Younger (as he was often called) was a Flemish artisan from the Baroque period that is credited with creating scenes of the working man enjoying leisure activities, sometimes referred to as peasant or tavern genres.
Our jewelry box, which is from circa 1850, has incredible details on all sides as well as the lid. The hinged lid is roughly ovate, matching the shape of the main body. A lively scene graces the top, with people dancing in a town square. The illustration is surrounded by a row of beading set within a margent of trefoil leaves. At the base of the lid is a central medallion of a gadrooned cabochon above two branches. The front and back have two distinct scenes each, separated by a border of Vitruvian scrolls, which also surrounds the images depicted on the convex ends. All of the renderings depict the day-to-day life of members of the working class, ranging from a woman walking through the forest with bundled straw on her back to scenes of boisterous merry-making at an outdoor table. The silvered bronze box can be used in a bedroom to store jewelry, or displayed on a table or shelf as a purely decorative object.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor buildup. The left side of the lid has a slight lift, commensurate with age and use, however, the lid shuts securely. Some verdigris to the interior. Please see photos for details.