Box France ?, about 1925

metal, coloured, mirror

measurements: 15,5 x 27,0 x 19,0 cm

Octagonal box with Egyptianizing motives. On the top an Egyptian lady is laying on a day bed surrounded by three musicians and dancers. This scenery could be a free version of the famous painting by Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) titled “Cleopatra testing poisons on condemned prisoners”. The four sides of the box are decorated as well with Egyptianizing motives.



J.-M. Humbert, L’égyptomanie dans l’art occidental, Paris 1989, p. 190; the same., Les collection égyptiennes dans les musée de Saône-el Loire, Autun 1988, p. 68; K. Konrad, Neuzeit – Kunsthandwerk, in: C. Tietze, R. Vollkommer (eds.), Faszination Pyramiden, catalogue Vaduz, Weimar 2017, p. 259.