This dainty little perfume bottle is so bewitching, with it's tiny mother-of-pearl stopper and the beautiful eglomise painting of La Tour Eiffel! It dates from the "Grand Tour" period (when wealthy Europeans were traveling to the world expositions), from 1889-1900.
It is an unusual little shape, like a Greek urn. It's brass "spout" has a tiny stopper that is attached to the side by a brass chain. The eglomise (reverse painted glass) painting is encased in a fancy brass frame, which continues down to a standing platform or "foot" which is in the shape of a flower. The handle is wide and upturns into a dainty little curve at the end. The flower shape is also placed at the top, with brass petals supporting the neck of the spout.
The eglomise painting is of the Eiffel Tour, the view that is so cherished by travelers. The colors are still very deep and clear. You can easily see the details of the buildings. The outer edges of the glass are beveled.
On the other side of the perfume bottle is an oval beveled glass mirror (original).
The diminutive bottle is in very good condition, with no chips or cracks. It has the original chain and stopper (which are often missing). The mirror is original. The colors of the painting are still rich and brilliant. It measures 3" tall, the mirror/eglomise oval measures 1 3/8" tall and1 1/4" wide.
It is an unusual find (these paintings were placed mostly on boxes), with all of it's original parts! It would make a lovely addition to a French collection of fancy dresser items.
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