Antique 19th century French perfume casket with exquisite quality inlay. Comprising of alternating kingwood veneers set in a chevron pattern, brass bound edging the lid. The lid is decorated with magnificent parquetry inlay comprising of intricate geometric forms of various woods, kingwood and burl walnut veneers. To the center is an inlaid mother of pearl floral embellishment framing a cartouche monogrammed A.B. Retains a working lock and original key. Opening to reveal a fitted interior housing a pair of elegant Baccarat cut crystal scent bottles with faceted stoppers, hand painted with gold stars and trim. Polished pontils to the bases. Unsigned but undoubtedly early Baccarat bottles that predate the 1936 acid etched labels. The famed cristallerie used paper labels beginning in 1860 until 1936, which often got lost, worn or washed away. The perfume box is in overall very good to excellent antique condition with some general wear commensurate with age and use. The bottles are in good condition, a couple of hardly noticeable flea-bite nicks to the cut edges on the bottles and nicks to the underside of the faceted stoppers. Box measures 4 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 3 3/4" tall. Bottles are 2 15/16" tall x 1 7/16" square.
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