A superb old scent casket, the type you'd expect from famed Paris makers like Tahan, Vervelle, Giroux or G. Keller - this superb old cabinetry maker's casket is ebonized (dark finish) and trimmed out in brass pencil edging and stringing, with inlays of mother of pearl there on top in the cartouche. Rare to find these that are in such nice condition, not missing stringing, and more so to have both of the fine Baccarat crystal and gold perfume bottles still inside, along with undamaged original stoppers. Add the fact that this one has a working lock and its key - well, a real pleasure to offer to our customers. The reverse canted corners add interest and value. The set you see here would have been top quality. We would suspect it is Tahan, but the lock plate does not show the signature. Not all of the ones by Tahan do have signature lock plate, but there is added value if they do. Superb quality, dating c.1850-70 or so.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. This casket has all of the brass inlays intact, including the pencil edging that enhances the reverse-canted corners of the form. The cartouche has no monogram yet, open to adding your own. The original working key remains, works the lock and the brass escutcheon is also fully intact. The only flaw notable other than light surface rubs to the old wood would be that one age line/hairline crack you see extending to the left from the cartouche at about the 9 o'clock position. There is also a small indentation notable to the wood at front panel, above and right of the lock/key, along the top edge where the stringing and pencil edging trim is. You can see it clearly in our images. Some slight roughness along the lip of the casket below that. These are noticeable in our oversized clear digital photos, but do not stand out when one sees this casket in display. The 2 matching original flasks within have original stoppers, applied gold enamel work, and present in excellent form without chips or cracks. Slight rub to the gold. Perhaps a very very tiny rim nip on the cut work, but nothing rising to chip status, nor anything to diminish value or appeal. A fine set!
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