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Antique French Scent Caddy, Perfume Flasks in Mother of Pearl "egg" Mechanical Holder, Stand
We just love these whimsical old half-shell "egg" form caskets and caddies, and stock the finest ones as often as we can locate them. This one is particularly lovely, an interesting base/stand and that shell motif finial up top. Press down on the finial and it automatically releases the catch and sides open to reveal the 2 perfect little perfume flasks resting in fitted interior. They're both original to this egg. The sets like this would have originally come from boutiques lining the promenade of the old Palais Royal, stocked for the elite Grand Tour tourists of the early to mid-1800s. Sometimes we have baskets, or boxes or watch holders, carriages pulled by small goats or horses - these items are all just so fabulous. Collect several, and be sure you include at least one of these scent caddies.
Very good to excellent for age and type. Rare to find one of these with both scent bottles still inside. The hinged caps both intact and working. The only thing missing is the stoppers, and those can be cut by a glassworker. We can provide our buyer with the name of the one we use. No chips or hairlines or cracks anywhere. As nice as they come. Measurements noted on the photos.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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