A striking antique 19th century French opaline jewelry box or sugar casket decorated with gorgeous gilt ormolu mounts! The casket consists of stunning white opaline glass, also referred to as bulle de savon. With its slightly opalescent finish, the opaline glass literally glows and illuminates just beautifully! Cut with a ribbed pattern that connects into a dazzling starburst at the top of the lid. Ornate gilt ormolu mounts surround the box, festooned in an array neoclassical Empire style decor, including a frieze of acanthus leaves and a base fitted with four winged lion paw feet. At the center is a stylized cartouche mounted atop an escutcheon shaped lock. Similarly boxes of this kind decorated with the same pattern can be seen on pages 58 & 74 of the book Les Opalines by Christine Vincendean. Measures 5 3/8" in length x 3 1/2" in width x 4 1/2" in height.