Here is one of the antique French Palais Royal treasures from the 19th century Paris, France that the wealthy tourists would have picked up along their journey as a vacation memento. It is a lovely piece of ruby glass with lots of hand painted enamel decorations and gilding around the edges.
It measures 5" high and 4" across the bottom with a 2" lip at the top and 1" opening. Originally this would have included a stopper and likely would have been used for perfume, however, the top has long been missing from it.
Although there are no signatures on the bottle, it was sold to me from a collector and attributed to Baccarat and I concur, it does appear in every respect to be one of their products.
This vase or bottle is in over all good antique condition without any chips, some of the enamel is off in places but most of it remains in tact, the gold gilding has come off and there are scratches to the bottom of the glass. The ruby glass is not painted and there is a small amount of clear glass around the neck.
I currently have it displayed with the vintage French millinery flowers that you see that are not included, just giving you an idea of how it might look with other flowers or feathers, etc. inside of it. Could be used as a perfume bottle again, but so far I have not found a compatible stopper for it, so it is being offered in the "as in" condition, not perfect but certainly rare enough and collectible for anyone who loves antique French treasures!
I've seen similar in better condition that included the stopper with a retail value would be about $1,200, making this sweet French treasure is offered at a more reasonable price.
Circa 1840-1860 and French in origin.
Item ID: 195
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