Antique French vanity or calling card tray, serving tray, 9.5" x 6.75" plus handles. The old alabaster is in fine form, rich in color and accented beautifully by the wide band of kiln-fired enamel worked in the champleve manner, with acid-etched heavy brass into which the colored enamel powders are worked to create a stained glass sort of look, or that of a richly crafted Persian carpet. A fabulous tray to show off your perfume collection, or to serve petit-fours at table. You'll find many ways to show off this stunning beauty. The measurement across handles and tray make it about 13" at widest. Raised on 4 cast acorn-like bun feet, it's both heavy and fabulous.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. Beautiful coloration, excellent work. One might anticipate this to be one of the Russian enamels, or one from the Barbedienne Foundry of Paris; both produced exquisite enamels in this fashion. The tray is in fine form, dates to Napoleon III era, (c.1850-70) or slightly earlier. The figural cast handles attach by means of a single screw and one wiggles slightly. We'll work on that one. I think someone might have replaced the screw/bolt with one whose gauge isn't quite right. I'll see if we can find a perfect replacement. It's not a flaw to speak of, but the only one I can find to mention. Wonderful patina of age to the very heavy bronze cast frame of the tray, added to by the undamaged plaque of alabaster or white marble veined in yellow.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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