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Superb 7" Tall Paris Grand Tour Souvenir Eglomise & Opaline Dore Ormolu Perfume Bottle, Flask
A superb example of mid-1800s Grand Tour souvenirs, the type available in the boutiques of the famed Palais Royal, and certainly a grand treasure that's been well treasured for more than 150 years to survive without any damage to any of the 4 views of Paris architectural icons, and no damage to the thick blue opaline glass flask, itself. The ormolu is in brass and appears to be completely intact. If there's a tiny spot lifted or gone, it has escaped my examination. One usually finds a little bit, a corner or something lifted, but this one is very solid. The figure that sits atop the hinged lid is firmly affixed and the 4 chain swags are all original and in fine form, as well. The 4 scenes are shown in our photos for your review. Remember, by the time this piece was made as souvenir, photography was still very new, not yet applied to souvenirs, so each of these little paintings are typical of the way a traveler would take home memories of the beautiful Paris monuments. In the 4 paintings you see the Medici Palace (now the National Assembly), which looks a bit like the Madeleine. The Concord, Notre Dame and finally the Louvre Palace, all very detailed and with fountains and people. A wonderful flask. One note - it misses the original stopper from inside.
Very good to excellent without damage or breaks, all 4 cover glass in place over the small paintings, and no damage chips or cracks, no hairlines to the thick blue opaline glass, nor to the ormolu encasement. The only flaw notable is the easiest one to replace, and that is the stopper that would have originally been inside the hinged cap. One of the 4 chain swags required a link to reattach it, but it is reattached and in fine form for our buyer. Isn't it superb! Actually a cologne bottle, it will provide a very interesting addition to your perfume bottle collections, or your opaline or Grand Tour souvenir collections. Museum quality!
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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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