We're always on the lookout for these wonderful little baubles from the old boutiques of the Palais Royal, Napoleon III era on this one (c.1850-70, roughly). The open salt or condiments dish, trinket dish is a carriage pulled by a pair of prancing horses, one of our favorites. On the original alabaster plinth and in good form, it's a charming bedside table item for your jewelry's overnight repose, as well. Often referred to as a "vide poche", which directly translates to "empty pocket", the little trays like these are icons of 19th c. French decor. Use it as you will, or just display.
Very good condition for age and type. The pressed brass horses or mules are wonderful, harnessed to the little wheeled carriage and firmly affixed, all original with the alabaster plinth. The mother of pearl half-egg carriage is without chips or cracks and has a lovely pearlescent shimmer of color in light The plinth is 4.25" x 2.5" and has a little darkening on corners, a tiny loss (view our images. Stand is 2" high, overall.
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Antique French Napoleon III Era Palais Royal 2 Horse Figural Open Salt Caddy, Mother of Pearl
$242 $345 SALE