Three quarter view showing the mastery of the second phase of the neoclassical form, which
made reference to the perspective of ancient structures such as temples and monuments.
The main body of the chest narrows in the same way as the view of a monumental structure viewed
from the ground.
The top is crowned by a pediment- inspired lid, which in turn is
structured like a flat-topped pyramid. The background veneer of the box is amboyna wood
and the inlay is in rosewood.
Both these woods are strongly figured, the rosewood in waves
and striations, the amboyna in burls.
The combination of the two timbers is stunning.
The fine inlay makes good use of the contrast in the woods. It is executed symmetrically with
the control of a master craftsman and pays homage to the neoclassical tradition of balance
and also of certain motifs such as the palmette and the lotus.
However the design is of its
time and strives to break the constraints of classicism by introducing slightly more
naturalistic elements such as the daisies and generally a more flowing and undulating form
albeit the symmetry.