This unusual Palais Royal novelty vanity top scent caddy dates from the Grand Tour era in the last quarter of the 19th Century.
This impressive stand is unusually large and is decorated with an embossed flower in center top and below trinket tray with engraved leaves decorating other areas of the stand. There is a beveled oval mirror in the center back with a turquoise art glass trinket dish in the center of the base and two pierced decorated side compartments that hold deep turquoise glass perfume/scent bottles with matching stoppers. The turquoise glass trinket dish has silver mica (Aventurine) internal decoration in the glass body. Novelty vanity items were popular at shops on the Palais Royal when wealthy travelers visited Paris during the Grand Tour era. Often ladies would have perfumes made especially to their tastes which would then be taken home and placed in fancy bottles often in ormolu stands such as this one on their vanity.
Dimensions: 11 3/4" high, 9" wide (at bottles) and 5 1/2" deep (at base of stand). The trinket dish measures 2 7/8" high and 4" wide (flat side to flat side).
Condition: This lovely scent caddy is in excellent Estate condition with no major flaws. The mirror has a little no-harm wear around the outside edge where it fits into bezel otherwise it is very clean. Although we found no flaws on either perfume bottle, the stoppers have chips around the bottom edge (unseen when in place in bottles). We are unsure whether the bottles or the glass trinket dish are original to this stand but they make a beautiful presentation and fit the stand perfectly. The glass trinket dish is also in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.