Magnificent antique Napoleon III era French gilt bronze mounted Baccarat cut crystal centerpiece. The centerpiece bowl is of quality cut crystal, thick and heavy, patterned with wheel cut fluting and a band of diamond points. Centered by an exquisite deep cut 24 point star burst. Mounted in an ornate gilt bronze stand, patterned with exquisite neoclassical ornamentation and superb casted details. Surrounding the bowl is an ornate reticulated border resting on a tripod stand. The slender columns with imperial eagles, stylized acanthus and impressive lion paw feet. On a solid cut crystal base, finished with an ornate gilt bronze medallion and resting on three feet. Stands 9 1/2" tall x 5 5/8" wide. In overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age. No chips or cracks to the cut crystal bowl, a small shallow flat flake to the interior of the bowl and a couple of flea-bites to the base from being in and out of the stand.
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