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Cherry Wood (bois de Sainte Lucie) Casket with Bronze Hardware

$ 12,000
  • Description
    Due to sumptuary laws, these boxes of rare hard wood were very expensive to produce, and took the place of the gold, silver, and Boulle boxes that had been popular for weddings just before this period. This rectangular box known as Bois de Bagard, was produced in Lorraine at the end of the 17th century and into the 18th century. It is a type of cherry wood with a reddish tone and fine grain called Saint-Lucie found in the regional forest of Sampigney-en-Barrois, now destroyed. The term Bois de Bagard became associated with these objects through Cesar Bagard (1620-1704), Court Sculptor to Duke Charles IV de Lorraine, who lived and worked in Nancy during the reign of Louis XIV. Bagard has been incorrectly linked with the production of these wares, which were more likely produced by a family of Nancy sculptors by the name of Foulon. A document dated 1751 by the Benedictine monk Dom Calmet stated that “Many small objects are made out of bois de Sainte-Lucie in Lorraine which are exported to foreign parts. And this occupies numerous workers. The Foulons were famed for this and produced many works for the Dauphin."

    This delicately carved box has an inverted tray top, centered by a pair of rampant birds above paired flaming hearts and beneath a marquis coronet. Scrolling foliage and flower heads surround the central element, all contained within an acanthus molding. The sloping sides of the lid are decorated with scrolling foliage and flower heads, within bordering moldings. Each of the sides is again decorated with the same foliate scrolls. The base ends with an extended acanthus molding. The original bronze hinges and lock-plate remain intact.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: Cherry wood and bronze
    Condition: Excellent.
    Creation Date: 1690-1700
    Styles / Movements: Baroque, Louis XIV
    Book References: Tempting Pandora, 2000, pp. 126-29. H. Demoriane. “Bois de Bagard” Conaissance des Arts, January 1968, p. 91.
    Dealer Reference #: BOX 38 E
    Incollect Reference #: 177609
  • Dimensions
    W. 11.375 in; H. 4.25 in; D. 8.875 in;
    W. 28.89 cm; H. 10.8 cm; D. 22.54 cm;
Message from Seller:

The gallery deals in European works of art, antiques and paintings from antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century. Under Mrs. Fioratti's direction, the gallery has continued to supply works of art to museums across America and Europe. She has designed interiors in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Mrs. Fioratti has worked on architectural restorations, and restored a 10th century village near Siena.

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