A charming early to mid-1800s mechanical mother of pearl "egg" whimsey from the boutiques of the old Palais Royal, formerly Palace to Cardinal Richelieu and a long-revered center for culture, society, the theater arts and commerce aimed at the elites. Whimsical "egg" casket opens to reveal itself to be a scent caddy, complete with 2 perfect little blown crystal perfume vials with hinged caps and glass stoppers.
The ornamental top is the lever, and pushed downward, it releases the catch that then opens the egg-shaped upright etui to reveal its contents. These were made with perfume vials, sewing sets, sometimes as holder for cigars, and numerous other uses, including just plain, so it's always a surprise when we find them, to see how it's fitted. These would have been marketed originally from the boutiques of the old Richelieu Palace in Paris, more simply referred to as the Palais Royal.
Very good to excellent for age and type. All original perfume flacons, flasks or bottles are in the set and all are functional, lovely old things. This one has the original alabaster plinth which is undamaged. Such nice condition, no chips nor cracks, no hairlines or loss of pearlescent beauty. The only flaw to note is one stopper is stuck in the bottle and broken off as well, and will need to have a glass repairman drill it out, then make a replacement. Our glass man can do it for around $45, but he's very backed up in work for others and so we'll pass along his contact info and you can have it done if you want to. That is the vial that has a little perfume residue. Measurements are noted in our photos.
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