A charming little pressed brass 2-goat drawn carriage set with the 2 halves of a mother of pearl natural shell in nearly egg form, as a little box or trinket carriage that would have thrilled its original owner as much as it does me to own it. These were most often found at the boutiques of the old Palais Royal, former Palace of Cardinal Richelieu in Paris. The center of society, the Palais Royal was a place where dining, theater, fine boutiques carrying the most opulent wares and also whimsical baubles. These shops lined the promenade of the inner courtyard gardens. They remain today, just a stone's throw from the Louvre. Some of these little carts would have been fitted inside to hold sewing tools in miniature, or might have held a rosary. This one is empty.
Very good condition, with a nod to the fact that there is a hairline in that top shell half, which has been reinforced and protected from the interior by some sort of pearlescent material I can't identify. It is not cracking further, but bears note. You'll probably not even see it if I had not taken the trouble to point it out, so little is the flaw compared to the immense appeal of these baubles. Measurements are noted on photos, but this one is small and perfect to hold thimble, or to serve as an open salt at your dining table.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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