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Antique Palais Royal Trinket Pocket Watch Stand, Mother of Pearl Egg, Miniature Chair
Another fabulous early 1800s pocket watch stand, "vide poche". The little miniature chair or dressing table form is both charming and functional. It would have once had more silvering on back of that little mirror panel (one can re-silver it or even back it with foil or a thin mirror), and the bowl formed by the natural half shell of brilliantly pearlescent mother of pearl is the "empty pocket" (vide poche) into which the pocket watch chain, other jewelry and pocket coins are placed for the night at bedside, while the pocket watch is hung on its hook covering the little mirror and making it useful as an overnight bedside clock. Measurements are noted on our photos, but it is 5.75" tall, overall. Pocket watch shown is a prop, not included with the stand, of course.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, and just in from Paris. This one is in very good form, apart form a little loss to that silvering as mentioned, and has no damage to ormolu framework, mother of pearl shell, nor to the alabaster plinth it stands upon. In natural form throughout, as when it was new. Just the mirror is imperfect.
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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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