Beautiful Italian Art Deco Inlaid And Painted Jewellery Box

( JB165 )

Beautiful Italian Art Deco Inlaid Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful Art Deco jewellery box.  It was made in Italy in the 1920s, and is complete with its original key.  

The Exterior

The box is made of solid Olive Wood.  The lid has beautiful inlaid swallows, plus a diagonal band with mosaic inlay.  This wonderful type of mosaic inlay is known as 'Tesselation'.  A description of this can be found below.

All of the beautiful inlay on the lid is framed by a decorative geometric border.  This would've been inspired by the geometric architecture, and art of the Deco era.

There is also a beautiful inlaid swallow on the flap which holds the lock.

Swallow Symbolism

The swallows on this box were most likely added as a form of symbolism.  In this instance the swallow represents the safe journey home of a loved one.

Mosaic Tesselation Inlay

This type of inlay is skillfully created with hundreds of tiny pieces of wood.  It is painstakingly put together over many, many hours, to form a beautiful mosaic pattern.  Several varieties of wood are used, to add colour and dimension to the mosaic.

The Interior

The interior has two swing opening compartments, and a further larger compartment beneath.  The compartments have been beautifully relined with padded blue silk panels, and the inside walls have new textured blue paper linings.

There is a lovely round mirror to the inside of the lid.  This has a beautiful beveled form and is still nice and clear.  It has some minor staining behind it, just around the outer circumference.

The box has its original brass hinges and key, as well as its original French brass lock.  French locks have a quality locking mechanism as detailed below.

About French locks

French locks have an excellent locking mechanism, designed to deter thieves from stealing the contents of a box!  They were cleverly designed so that its key could be turned TWICE, to lock/unlock the box.  The owner would hope that an intruder would be unaware of this secret mechanism, and believe the lock to be faulty when it did not open upon one turn!  French locks can also be operated with just one turn if desired.


This wonderful box is in excellent condition for its 95 plus years of age.  All of the inlay is present and intact, and the box is structurally sound.  There is some minor light surface wear to the wood, as you'd expect on a box of this age.  The interior, being new, is in excellent condition!


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.

Length:  25.2cm
Width:   13.2cm
Height:  10.3cm

Swing Compartments:

Each 10.3 by 9.8cm with a 3.2cm depth.

Lower Compartment:

15.5 by 10.5cm with a 4cm depth.


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