These are difficult to photograph well, and this one is particularly so with very very fine detail in the turrets and spires, the amazing wheel engraved architectural rendering of the Chateaux de Pierrefonds that decorates it. The Chateau de Pierrefonds is found northeast of Paris and in the Forest of Compiegne, a 12th century castle, it was nearly 200 years later that King Charles VI gave it to his brother, Louis, the Duke D'Orleans. Amazing history to this building the glass commemorates. A wonderful souvenir of it even today. This is a ruby-flashed timbale (French wine cup) and presents in fine form after 170 or so years in existence. Nicer in person.
Very good to excellent condition, one of the most elaborate engravings we've ever seen, much like those in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (be sure to go there when you are next in Prague - it's wonderful). They date theirs like this to c.1820-40, so perhaps even older than 170 years. And surprisingly unscathed by time. There are no chips or cracks, no hairlines. Very very slight loss to the red flashing on some of the little flowers that frame in the architectural engraving, not much though. A really fine example of this art at its finest. This glass is Egermann, called after the inventor of the decorating technology, Mr. Friedrich Egermann (1777 - 1864) from Nový Bor.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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