Antique ormolu mounted malachite casket


This mid-19th century table casket showcases the beauty of the vibrant green gemstone and celebrates the work of Russian craftsmen.


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Covered in its entirety with malachite and decorated with elegant ormolu mounts, the casket was crafted by skilled mid-19th Russian craftsmen.

The rectangular casket is almost fully decorated with malachite. The naturally occurring patterns and shapes create a fascinating and mesmerising composition ensuring that every part of the casket is different. The malachite used for this antique was most likely mined in the Ural Mountain range in Russia where in the 19th century there was a very large reserve of this gemstone. Russian malachite pieces, particularly those crafted during the times of Imperial Russia such as the casket in Mayfair Gallery’s collection, are particularly desirable.

The edges of both the lid and the base are mounted with ormolu frames. These are cast with various floral designs as well as scrolling motifs. A delicate garland-shaped handle hangs in the middle of the lid. The hinged lid opens to reveal a luxurious red velvet interior in which one can store other precious belongings such as jewellery.

The casket stands on four richly cast acanthus-shaped feet.

Of a very elegant yet bold design, this table casket would be a superb addition to one’s dressing table.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Mid-19th Century
19th Century
Russian Interest
Malachite, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Green


9 cm / 3.5 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches
15 cm / 5.9 inches


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