Charles X Letter Box by Alphonse Giroux

  • This Charles X letter box was crafted by the celebrated French firm Alphonse Giroux
  • The impressive piece features an idyllic painted landscape inlaid into its cover
  • Designed to hold correspondence and important papers, it expands for even more storage
  • Such pieces would have only been owned by the most important of clients
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Item No. 30-9216

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An idyllic early 19th-century French landscape is inlaid into the cover of this exceptional Charles X letter box. Intended to hold important correspondences and autographs, the box is ingeniously designed to expand to fit a number of letters and papers. Two envelopes fitted on the inside of the case allowed for further organization. While letter boxes were often found on the writing desks of prominent ladies, such a superb example as this would have been owned by only the most important client.

The impressive piece was crafted by the celebrated French firm Alphonse Giroux. Known as "the merchant of the princes," Giroux was a prominent manufacturer of luxury goods that boasted a lengthly list of aristocratic and bourgeois clientele. Established in 1799 in Paris on the rue du Coq Saint-Honoré, eventually the firm became the favorite of the French Crown, namely Napoléon III and his wife, Empress Eugénie.

Circa 1825

Marked "A Paris / Chez Alph. Giroux / Rue du Coq St. Honoré"

13 1/8" wide x 1 1/2" deep x 9 5/8" high 
Charles X Letter Box by Alphonse Giroux
Maker: Alphonse Giroux
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Desk Accessories
Depth: 1.5 Inches
Width: 13.13 Inches
Height: 9.63 Inches
Style: Neoclassical

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