Brass inlay in wood, by Erhard & Sohne of Germany, this round biscuit box (also described as a humidor) is one of the finest of this genre made by E & S. The figural design inlaid into the wood is delightful, and other Secessionist motifs further enhance the richness of this form.
The design depicts 20 figures of young boys marching around the base, most with a variety of instruments, with one small child pulling a wagon. Foliate designs form the band on top and at the base of the piece.
Was shown in the Erhard & Sohne catalog in 1905.
It measures 7" high, 8" across the handles, and 5" across the top.
The handles are graceful and typical of the Jugendstil movement.
The body sits upon an inset brass foot.
Unsigned, which is usually the case with the Erhard & Sohne inlaid items.
The wood on the lid is burl, and the sides have a dark wood with visible straight grain.
In fine condition, and retains the original glass liner, which is unusual. Some fine lines visible in the grain of the wood, a bit of discoloration in some of the brass. Has not been cleaned or polished. The edge of the lid has a very slight dent, very minor.
Erhard & Sohne was founded in 1844 and throughout their history, were known for a wide variety of metal work products, often with fine detailing and gilding, including doll furniture and accessories. Early works were often ornate, in Renaissance styles, and later Art Nouveau and Secessionist designs were well represented in their production of decorative arts.
While most designs of the inlaid works were abstract, floral and foliate, more elaborate pieces such as this depicted people or animals.
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