A jewelled gilt and silvered metal casket, Jules Wièse, Paris, circa 1862
in 'Romanesque' style, each green leather panel overlaid with openwork silvered metal leafy scrolls containing figures and animals, the gilt-metal cagework mounts applied with cabochons of various semi-precious and hardstones including carnelian, amazonite and almandine garnets, surmounted by four heliotrope balls surrounding a central rock crystal knop, the whole on four dragon supports and lined with blue velvet, pearl pushpiece, the rim stamped: Wièse / Paris, with maker's mark for metal nearby and on lid
9 6/8 in.
(?) London International Exhibition 1862
J.B. Waring, Masterpieces of Industrial Art and Sculpture at the International Exhibition 1862, London, 1863, vol. I, plate no. 100, illustrated in colour and described as 'a coffer in oxydised silver, about eight inches long, designed in the Romanesque style after an ancient model'.;Silke Hellmuth, Jules Wièse und sein Atelier, Paris, 2014, pp. 74/75 (illustration of plate from Waring and comment)