"Monnaie du pape" Coffer

Designer René-Jules Lalique French

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This coffer is something of a visual pun: the molded-glass panels are symbolically decorated with Lunaria, a plant also known as “pope’s
money” or “money plant,” referencing its purpose. The lockable box was obviously intended for safekeeping valuables, but what sort of strongbox is made of glass?

"Monnaie du pape" Coffer, René-Jules Lalique (French, Aÿ 1860–1945 Paris), Glass, silver leaf, amaranth, brass, French

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