Rare hand painted glass Secret Book box c.1850's Cathedral spine splendid objectBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Untitled Compartment Book Box.
(Antique Items, Compartment Books, Book box, Decorative Items, Secret Compartments).
Made c. 1840-70 (likely), perhaps France or England.
Note the intricate and splendid cathedral spine.
A unique, perhaps one of a kind survival. "Book" covers appear to be hand painted glass set within metal framed borders, spine and box compartment. Under the front cover is an early mirror.
A remarkable and beautiful object. In 35+ years we have never seen another quite like it.
Well preserved, nice looking example with pleasing age patina. Any flaws are relatively minor in the context of how well preserved and attractive it is.
Item Measures c. 5" H x 3 1/2" W.