French Rare Perfume Bottles of Opaline set onto a Marble Base. French Opaline Glass is opaque and not see through. The glass has a satin feel to the finish.
Four different colors and three of the four still has the glass dauber inside of the hinged tops. Atop the tops is hand painted scenes of different Parisian sites, that you can still visit today.
The marble base is heavy, of course, with a gold gilded legs to support it all.
Close to perfect, the few minor flaws, is one top is bent a bit, on the green bottle, which looks like someone dropped something on it. The bottle are made to come out of their perspective gold metal gates, but one is unglued and is just resting atop of the marble stand. Because it is a display I've never bothered to have it glued back on.There is some dried glue on bottom of bottle and stand.
A rare specimen of the type of man-made beauties that were exceeded in these times where people, besides royalty, were able to buy such opulence such as these perfume bottles. It was a time when many wealthy American traveled, or sent their sons overseas, to become seasoned and worldly. This is the type of gift or souvenir they would purchase on their tour of France. Thus the hand painted discs under glass showing the sites of the City of Paris.
The marble base is 5 inches by 5 inches and the perfume bottles are 4 1/4 inches tall and all in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. Metal is still gold in color. Not sure what the rod iron center was used for or just to move it with. This set was made between 1850 -1900. Only exception to the great condition is the one bent metal top, one glass dauber amiss, and one bottle needs gluing back on, if you should desire it so. Treasures like this are rarely seen.
From France, actually, and from my personal collection, I've had it for years.
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