Antique German Casket / Box Gilt Bronze Industry for Jewelry or Cigars (ID:1161)

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19th century gilt bronze jewelry box or casket with sculpted relief scenes depicting working man and industry. Made 19th century, in Germany by Erhard & Sohnne, established in 1844. 

5 3/8inches long; 3inches wide; 2 5/8inches high. Stands on 4 legs. 

Exceptional relief sculpture on all sides and top of the casket. Each scene depicts heroic figures pursueing an act of industry. Some work machinery, some plant, water, graft, carry baskets, work in fields, ride carts. Unusually rich background detail of trees, fruit, baskets.
The top depicts a youth riding one horse, another reigned with it. The horses rear through a landscape of trees and bushes, houses and high walls in the background. The figures are almost 3-dimentional and the moulding is highly detailed and naturalistic. Beaded border.
Inside is lined in it's original green velvet.

 Original KEY with openwork lion. The very best quality workmanship. Richest gilding.

 

Both box and key are marked for the makers, Erhard & Sohnne: an ES on the key and the lion symbol on both key and box.

 

Good condition: no damage of any sort.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1,000.00

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