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Superb Antique French Scent Casket, Caddy, 3 Perfume, Cologne Bottle, Napoleon III
A superb example of mid-1800s Grand Tour souvenirs, a gorgeous casket, box, caddy for the three original scent bottles that still remain inside. This is 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 speak of, and no damage to the thick blown glass & gilt ormolu flasks or flacons. The ormolu is in brass and appears to be completely intact and has incised mother of pearl inserts in the lids (likely a later restoration, they appear to be from old pearl gaming chips). Normally with this type of bottle tops, they would have had small Grand Tour souvenir scenes hand painted on glass installed where the pearl is on these. Once in a while, someone tries to clean the ormolu tops and the water damages those little paintings which is probably what happened to this set. The pearl really is lovely though and we have had them in the past with pearl, these with incised Chinoiserie scenes popular at the time. One usually finds a little bit, a corner or something lifted, but this one is very solid. A wonderful set of scent bottles of good size and a gorgeous box!
Very good to excellent without damage or breaks, all the brass shawl or shrouding and caps fully, unbroken and in place, and no damage chips or cracks, no hairlines to the glass, nor to the ormolu. Not even slight age showing to the exterior of the Napoleon III era chest in which the perfumes rest, no chips or cracks to the wood, and no loss to the beautiful inlays which include mother of pearl and 'tumbling blocks' style lid inlay. Stoppers intact but with small chips and a glued crack on one. Working lock & key, too! See pictures for measurements.
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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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