Charles X Gilt and Mosaic Jewlery Box, Signed "Tahan, Paris"
A 19th century porcelain jewelry box with bronze mounts and a mosaic top. Trimmed in a gilt bronze rope. Without ...
more A 19th century porcelain jewelry box with bronze mounts and a mosaic top. Trimmed in a gilt bronze rope. Without its key. The gilt decorated box, with negative space of white ceramics, is a distinctly modern look for a piece from the 19th century.
MAISON TAHAN, PARIS, CIRCA of waisted octagonal form, decorated with a `TAHAN FABt. PARIS` 17.4cm wide. Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880) was the official ébéniste de l`Empereur or master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III. The business, started by his father in Belgium, made bois de Spa boxes, but on moving to Paris and following Alphonse`s directorship expanded to great renown. Tahan Fabricant had retail premises at 30 Rue de La Paix from 1849 and subsequently from 1878 at Boulevard des Italiens. Works were exhibited at The Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, winning medals on both occasions. less