A beautiful little jar, it's unusual design give it the effect of floating from the tabletop! It is French, from Paris, and dates from 1890-1910.
The form of the jar begins as a small square at the bottom (1 3/4" square) which slopes upward for 1" to the body which is 3" square. There are four round hand-painted gilt balls which dangle from each corner. The stopper well rises up in the center (3/4"). The tiny "bouchon" or stopper adds an extra 1 3/8" to the height and measures 1" in diameter at the top.
The entire jar is hand-painted, using a brilliant cobalt blue and pale blue background. Bouquets of pink roses, blue, rust and yellow flowers are hand-painted in the center of each side. Gilt fleurons and arabesques form frames around the bouquets. The outer edge of the jar has gilt stripes atop a brilliant cobalt blue background.
The bouchon/stopper has a fluted edge, which would have been hand cut by the maker. A central pink rose, surrounded by cobalt blue repeats the design of the jar. There is an undetermined mark on the bottom of the piece. The outer lip of the bouchon well is painted in gilt. An ornamental gilt swag encircles the sloping bottom edge. the bottom square is painted in gilt.
It is in very good condition, no noticeable chips, no cracks, the painted portions remain brilliant and fresh.
It is hard to find these little pieces with the original stoppers. This one has survived the passage of time brilliantly and awaits another lovely lady to serve as a cheerful dresser accessory.
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