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DescriptionA Napoleon III Ebonized Wood and Brass Inlaid Cave-a-Liqueur, third quarter 19th century
10-3/8 h x 12-3/4 w x 9-1/4 d inches (26.4 x 32.4 x 23.5 cm) (outer case)
The cave a liqueur having case in serpentine form with ebonized wood exterior and stylized brass inlay flourished with faux boulle mounts, interior with fitted compartments housing four decanters and twelve cordial glasses.
Estimate: $750 - $1,250.
Errant chipping and losses to faux boulle, some brass inlay with repairs and fill to missing portions, one arm to interior hinge to lid with pull/break and subsequent warping to hinge plate, four cordials missing, some rubbing to gilding, varying degrees of flaking to some cordial bases, finish to exterior may be refreshed, with wear commensurate with age and use. Lot is without key.
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