A striking piece, it features engraved medallions with elegant and charming characters. It comes from Paris.
It is a heavy piece, standing on four little ball-shaped feet. The entire frame is of gilded bronze, hand cut in a pattern of horizontal bands. The frame of each side is identical.
Three sides of the engraved medallions are identical, featuring a frog in fancy dress with a pocket watch, a cat with a hooded cape and muff, a rabbit in a waistcoat and an eagle with a tophat and fancy overcoat. The fourth or "front" side features a donkey with large books under his arms, a bird with hunting gear, a rabbit in a waistcoat and an eagle with a tophat. The fanciful creatures are curious...as if from a fairytale. The design features 31 red glass bezel set stones (one stone missing from design) and 24 green glass bezel set stones. Behind the brass frame are black metal panels set that form the inside of the cache pot. The bottom is of solid gilded bronze.
It measures:4 7/8" tall, 4" deep and 4 1/4" square. The engraved medallions each measure 3/8" in diameter. The cache pot survives in very good and solid condition.
It is a unique and enchanting piece.
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