Henry Matier & Co. Decorative Folding Handkerchief Box Henry Matier & Co. Decorative Folding Handkerchief Box

Henry Matier & Co. Decorative Folding Handkerchief Box

Condition: Very Good Minus
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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1860s (stamp on bottom with two 1860s dates), with elaborate cartonnage decoration as common to the period. Closed, the box measures 19.5 by 9 by 6.5 cm. The box opens like a book in the middle to double its width, and each side then has a lid which can be pulled up with a crimson ribbon to reveal the well in which handkerchiefs were kept. The top of the box has a oval centerpiece portrait of an ancient noble or warrior (Cretan? Carthaginian?) rendered in color. Surrounding is a wreath of flowers and seraps, and in each corner is a medallion from various world expositions. When the top is lifted, each of the two box lids within is decorated with a color cameo portrait of a contemporary lady of fashion, and these panels are bordered in a rich gilt band and elaborate curlycue gilt decoration within. Moderate wear to the outside of the box, with small dent or two and trivial tearing of the paper. Soiling of the sides. Within the cartonnage is quite bright and clean. One of the lids is a bit pushed down on one side. Bookseller Inventory # 004280

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Title: Henry Matier & Co. Decorative Folding ...

Binding: NA

Book Condition:Very Good Minus

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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