Superb early 1800s French tazza, 6.5" length larger one, made in that fabulous old way we know marks it as a Palais Royal boutique offering of Paris, early 1800s. The old Palais Royal was the Palace of Cardinal Richelieu, of course, and it remains today also a site of theater, restaurants and boutiques, but in the late 1700s through 1830s, it was a cultural center for the most elite of the world. Kings, Emperors, Presidents of Nations and military and industrial leaders frequented the site and its boutiques, took home souvenirs and supplied their passions for elegant articles from silver to porcelains, to cloth and finest trousse de voyage (travel cases), and on to trinkets and opaline and mother of pearl items like this. Those that survive are always highly sought after. We're pleased to offer this oversized one - large enough to be the most elegant service piece on your French table, sweetmeats, or bonbons, or to present guest soaps in a finely appointed bath - or just to add to your display collection. Full measurements are noted on our photos.
Very good to excellent, no damage at all to any of those natural half shells of pearlescently brilliant mother of pearl. The one that forms the bowl of the piece is extra large, shimmers a delightful range of color, and all 4 smaller ones are equally beautiful and undamaged. The ormolu casement is elaborate, ornate and solid and perfect, too. None finer! No breaks and elegant as can be. Overall, it is nearly 5" tall, 6.25" long at top and 4 1/8" wide. We bought most of a collection out and will have another listed that nearly matches this in case you hope for a 2nd one. Watch for it soon. Also several other pearl pieces to include a candle holder with tray - all will be offered separately. Look for them!
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