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Antique French Poodle Dog Figural Pocket Watch Holder, Stand. Napoleon III Era
This is a wonderful little treasure - so rare to find these dog items, and all the better to find a little boudoir candle holder or vase that is a dog. I'm always searching for these, and we've recently had (and sold) a hotel bell hound, a couple of watch holders, and one that was a mechanical cigar cutter. They're so whimsical and fun, I'm quite sure they were originally from some of the boutiques of the mid-1800s Palais Royal, Paris. But no signatures, of course.
This hound is definitely a French poodle. The dog is cast in a metal like spelter, a white metal that is cast. It is the same as the old Blackamoor figural liqueur service sets we all love, and is probably from the same maker. The patina shows his age, which is mid-1800s. He's still holding his twisted wire hook and at the ready to park your favorite pocket watch at day's end, bedside or on mantel. RARE to find. Just in from Paris.
Very good condition for age and type. There is plenty of age, and a gorgeous patina on this one, too. A few dimples to the top of the brass base and some solder visible on the bottom where the old steel screws hold the plinth to the figure. Solder also visible there the wire/leash is held in the dog's mouth but we think that's likely original. Just over 5" tall overall with a base that is 4 1/8" in diameter.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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