An exquisite rare green opaline scent bottle, it dates from the period known as "Palais Royale" (late nineteenth century) in Paris.
During the Palais Royale period many items were produced for the traveling nobility to purchase and take home as keepsakes. Most featured images of monuments which the traveler would have visited.
This very fine opaline bottle features the Place de la Bastille (Bastille Square), which was the location of the notorious Bastille stronghold, which was stormed on July 14, 1789,
The brilliant apple green color of opaline is the most prized by collectors. This lovely bottle has a rich and bright color which simply glows in the light. The neck and hinged lid of the the bottle are made of bronze. Tiny individually cut bronze petals drape over the shoulder of the bottle. The neck tapers in to adjoin the round lid, which has an impressed pattern of stars framed in circles and flowers alternating. The eglomise scene is colorful and detailed for it's diminutive size. There is a wafer of glass over the top of the scene set into place with a bronze mount.
The lid opens to reveal the tiny "bouchon" or stopper. It is made of fine glass and is original. The interior of the lid has an impressed pattern of tiny flowers and still glimmers with a beautiful gilt color. The bottom of the bottle still retains an etiquette ticket from an old retail store.
The bottle measures: 4 1/4" tall, 2 3/8" in circumference at the bottom, the lid measures1 1/4" in circumference, the eglomise scene, 3/4" in circumference. The scent bottle is in very good condition, with no noticeable cracks or chips to the opaline. The glass bouchon has no visible cracks or chips. The gilt has worn from the top exterior mount, but the mount is in good, working condition. The eglomise scene has no color loss.
It is a glorious piece from a very opulent period of Parisian history
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