These 'bonne nuit' sets were popular in the mid-late 1800s (Napoleon III or Victorian era) and remain so today. The decanter is for water and under-tray protects furniture from the natural condensation that might occur overnight. used at a bedside table, particularly for guests, this set might have originally also included a matching timbale, though I'm not certain of it since the style is a bit different than most that had a 'top up' cup fitted over the stopper. The set would be fabulous to use at table now, for wine or water service for 2-4 guests. Or use it to accent your bathroom, filled with your favorite bath salts or oils. Of course most will just display these old opaline in their lighted vitrines, but I love it when they're in use as they were meant to be, function and beautiful form combined. Isn't this one pretty!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, there are no chips or cracks or hairlines and even the old enameled decoration remains almost entirely intact. A few rubs, not much. Raised gold enamel accents and jewel-dots. This one is a gorgeous decorator item, and in that beautiful old French opaline pink, too. Measurements are on photos.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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