A fabulous Palais Royal jewellery display stand from 1860.
It measures 12 inches high by 8 inches wide by 5 inches deep.
It is in excellent condition. It is an original antique from 1860. The bevelled mirrors are free from cracks or chips, one mirror has a small line of oxidisation. The ormolu gold gilt mounts and decorations are well structured and stand independently. Each leaf can be moved to create a hanger for your different pieces. The wires attaching the leaves are pliable and will not break when you reposition the leaves.
The bird at the top is a dove which symbolises peace. In her beak she holds a wreath of Pansy flowers. Pansy is French for remember me. The wreath of flowers symbolised love. The pansy was also the symbol of the Palais Royal in Paris.
The mirrors were symbols of fidelity in life. In a poetical sense, the mirror was true to life because it reflected only what it sees. All the mirrors are bevelled and original to the piece.
Central to the display is the fabulous Calotte or cushion. Calotte actually means cap on which a crown is laid. On this braided cushion would sit the crown in the case of a titled lady or her marriage tiara. Interlaced with the crown would be silk flowers representing the flowers and blossoms of the orange tree. The orange tree in the days of the courtly knights represented purity. The cushion is solid and decorated with gold pansy flowers. The Pansy was the symbol of the artisans of the Palais Royal and a clear indication that this creation was made at the Palais Royal in Paris.
This cushion is mounted on a crown which has Fleur de Lis decorations. The Fleur-de-Lis were symbolic of French Royalty and this explains the high status of this beautiful display and establishes a link to the royal household of Napoleon III.
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