Beautifully Inlaid Italian Art Deco Jewellery Box

( JB186 )
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Beautiful Italian Art Deco jewellery box with hand-painted Swallows and foliate inlay. Made of solid Olivewood. Beautiful newly relined compartments.

Beautifully Inlaid Italian Art Deco Jewellery Box

This is a beautiful Italian Art Deco jewellery box, made in the 1930s. It is made of solid Olivewood and is complete with its original key. We have provided some information on Olivewood further down in the description.

The Exterior

The lid has beautiful hand-painted swallows plus lovely raised foliate inlay across the right-hand corner. This is beautifully bordered by a band of tessellated mosaic inlay. The front side of the lid has a beautiful flowing curved form.

The swallows are in beautiful flight position.

The box is complete with its original lock and stop hinges. These prevent the lid from falling back.

There are beautiful dovetail joints to both the box and its interior swing compartments.

Swallow Symbolism

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

The Interior

The interior has two swing opening compartments and a further larger compartment beneath. The compartments have been beautifully relined by our wonderful skilled box restorer and now have new padded turquoise silk panels. There is also a new oval Mahogany wood panel to the inside of the lid. This has been detailed with a beautiful hand-painted swallow to compliment those on the exterior. The panel has been added to replace a damaged mirror and has been manufactured and hand-painted by our restorer. It is completely unique to this box!

The base of the box has its original felt covering.

About Olivewood

Olivewood has a distinctive grain and rich colour which gives it a beautiful appearance. It has characteristic brown and yellow streaks which make for a beautiful contrast. These features make it a sought after wood for decorative items such as jewellery boxes.

Olivewood is also favoured for its hardness. It is a strong durable wood with a fairly high density and takes well to cutting and polishing.

The Olive tree primarily grows in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Its wood has been used for many years by Italian box makers in particular. It is also a favoured wood in areas of the Holy Lands such as Jerusalem.


This wonderful box is in excellent condition for its 80 plus years of age.

All of the inlay is present and intact and the box is structurally sound.

The interior linings, being new, are in excellent condition!

There are a few light scratches on the back of the box which are in no way unsightly.

The front left foot of the box has suffered a little knock and has a small slither of wood missing. This is not very noticeable and does not affect the structure of the box.


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

Length:  21.5cm
Width:   12.5cm
Height:    8.8cm

Swing Compartments x 2:

Each 7.8 by 7.5cm with a 2.8cm depth.

Lower Compartment:

17.5 by 8.5cm with a 3.3cm depth.


The box will be posted FREE within the UK, by Next Day Special Delivery.

International postage is £25 by International Tracked Post. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world.

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