Fine Early 1800s Antique French Opaline 'Egg' is a Perfume or Scent Caddy, Casket in Ormolu

Green opaline is the rarest color, the one most collectors have the hardest time adding into their collection, so we're thrilled to bring this spectacular and pristine early 1800s Palais Royal French opaline 'egg' to our customers. The condition is, as noted, pristine. Brilliant gilt ormolu framework hasn't a flaw, and the interior is fitted still for the attending perfume vial, flask, flacon or bottle, which is white opaline and original to this egg. Hinge and clasp are working perfectly well, and even the little glass stopper remains within. Can you imagine a boutique there flanking the promenade of the old Palais Royal, filled with all the colored opalines, lined and displayed in all their splendor there in the famed old Richelieu Palace, Paris? Certainly the late 1700s to early 1800s visitors and patrons of the social scene therein would have been fascinated by all the colors. The closest I can think of seeing such a sight was in London, coming upon the shop of a friend, Alexis Amato, who was featured along with our own shop and one in New York in a lovely article about the French opaline sugar caskets, published some years back in House Beautiful Magazine. The Antiques & Uncommon Treasure Facebook page has a copy of that article in one of our albums (We've been published) and you can read it there. But I digress - my point was to say that the few dealers who are left who deal exclusively in these opalines have a splendid display and come close to giving that 1700s to early 1800s awestruck impact inherent in a large collection of these lovely old French glass objects. We deal in them only on occasion, these days, but I am still infatuated by them, nonetheless. This one is superb!

Very good to excellent condition throughout. No flaws to note. Brilliant and complete, and dates late 1700s to perhaps as late as 1830. Remarkably well preserved. No losses, no chips, no hairlines, no cracks. Even the little stopper remains within the inner perfume bottle in this one. RARE green color!

Item ID: 313opeggscent

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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA   

Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European

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