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Charming Antique French Palais Royal Inkwell, Goat Pulled Cart with Pink Opaline Accent
Fabulous & rare 19th century antique French Napoleon III era Palais Royal gilt ormolu & alabaster goat pulled cart, a whimsical desk or writing table top inkwell with silver patinated goat & charming little wheel cut crystal or glass inkwell! Beautiful contrast between the ormolu framework of the carriage or cart and the silver finish on the figure and isn't the addition of the pink opaline glass bead nestled in the flower a the front of the cart just wonderful. Definitely a Grand Tour treasure from the shops of the old Richelieu Palace which was later turned into a shopping promenade and upper level apartments for administrators of the French Empire, and wealthy Courtiers. From Napoleon's time forward, the Palais Royal shops and restaurants catered a bit more to the military officers, their courtesans, and also the upper classes, and then a little later on, the Grand Tour crowds frequented this most splendid arena of trinket shops and elegant boutiques. The famed 'Palais Royal' sewing sets; dressing and campaign or travel vanity boxes; chocolatier's bonbons; whimsical trinket items - all could be found at a price, usually high, always well worth it. The remainders of the items produced by/for and sold in these shops are today the most sought after antiques. So the cachet that comes with these darling whimseys and miniature carriage items is historical and well deserved. Another delightful example, as you can see with the cut glass miniature inkwell and in the gold and silver combination of metal colors held aloft on a thick base of alabaster. Attention to detail makes the pieces irresistible!
Very good to excellent condition. There are a few surface scratches to the alabaster plinth but no chips or cracks to note. Some loss of the silvering on the goat figure, also to the base on which it is mounted but no breaks or repairs there. The tiny 1" square inkwell is in great shape with possibly a tiny nip or two but no larger chips, cracks, damage or repairs. 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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