A rare antique 19th century French glove box / jewelry casket by Maison TAHAN of Paris. Circa 1880. Of quality burl wood veneer inlaid with ebonized wood trim and decorative brass. The quality of the brass inlay is exceptional, patterned as leaves, curling vines and grapes. Furthermore, the motif is meticulously detailed with finely engraved accents. Centered by a blank oval cartouche. This exquisite piece illustrates all the signs of the superb quality and fine craftsmanship of Tahan's workshop. Signed on the lockplate TAHAN. Boulevard des Italiens, 11. The beautifully decorated lid opens to reveal a stunning tufted silk or satin interior, in very good condition. Perfect for silk scarves, jewelry and other accessories. Retains a working lock and key. In good antique condition with general wear. No missing veneer, no missing brass inlay. Some nicks, scuffing and scratches to the wood surface, mostly to the lid, commensurate with age and use. Measures 12" length x 4 5/8" width x 3 3/4" height.
Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880) was the official ébéniste de l'Empereur or master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III. Tahan Fabricant was located at 30 Rue de La Paix from 1849 and subsequently from 1878 at Boulevard des Italiens. His work was exhibited at The London Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851 and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, and on both occasions were awarded medals. His work exhibits such quality and is in high demand by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Not only did he produce furniture, but also small articles, such as beautiful wooden boxes and fine bronze jewelry caskets. His son, Jean-Pierre-Alexandre Tahan continued the legacy of his father, and his business in Paris was celebrated for its imaginative, exhibition-quality work.