We had a very similar one to this a while ago which had French opaline beads rather than the jewels you see mounted on this one, but otherwise it was very close in make and design to this. Both beautiful and early 1800s table service items, perhaps used as open salts or sweet meats serving pieces, or as the requisite French 'vide pooch' or 'empty pocket' into which one's jewelry and pocket watch would be deposited at bedside. Lovely from all angles, it's sure to be a decorative accent you'll love. Displayed with your French opaline 'egg' shaped caskets and other items from the old Palais Royal boutiques of the 1700s to 1800s, this one lacks none of its original whimsey or charm.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, without any chips at all to the hand formed and polished glass, though a tiny bit of the cranberry only has rubbed as you can see. Still, it tips the petals pink which was the original goal and makes this flowery small basket just lovely to look at or use. You might use it for small guest soaps in a powder room, for instance - or in service at table, after-dinner mints and chocolate almonds as the French would have done nearly 200 years ago. Isn't it beautiful!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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