This early 1800s Palais Royal brilliant green opaline glass (it's true, green opaline is the rarest color in this fabulous old French glass) sugar casket with the luxurious fitting of high gold ormolu, inset with large cabochons of cranberry glass into side handles and natural moon stones into base. These early souvenirs from Paris were found in the early to mid-1800s boutiques of the famed Palais Royal of Paris, which is the old palace of Cardinal Richelieu. The boutiques lined the promenade of the central gardens, and the area was host to Royals, dignitaries, the posh societies of times past. The treasures from the Palais Royal remain today some of the most sought after antiques to be found, and this beautiful opaline glass sugar casket is one among those, wonderful in all ways. It stands on figural ormolu base 4 3/4" high, opening measures 5" x 3 1/2". Embellished with cranberry beads over raised gold ornament, four of them are missing on the bowl, it is hard to find where as these are tiny. The lid with white glass inlay displays beads well. The missing key and very light appearance of the age doesn't take away the beauty of this wonderful piece. Remarkably well preserved without chips, hairlines or cracks.
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