19th Century French Palais Royal Watch Stand Green Opaline Glass Circa 1860
The French have a reputation for creating decorative and opulent items; this little object is no exception.
Dating from the 1860 during the Napoleon III period this item was made with two functions; as a pocket watch holder and as a dish for holding small objects such as coins, jewelry, keys etc. The French word for such a receptacle is a Vide Poche. Made from a combination of quality materials, this item would have been retailed at a quality jeweler or clock maker's establishment in the Palais Royal region of Paris. The gilded vine leaves and tiny acorn symbolize fertility, bounty, regeneration and of course strength, power and prosperity. The thick, beveled green opaline dish has a sumptuous deep curved shape. The scalloped bronze foot is so pretty and the creamy alabaster marble base even has a scalloped depression carved in to it to hold the foot. The foot is also secured to the underside by way of sunken loops.
Measuring 3.75" by 3.25" by 2.25".
Condition is good and absolutely untouched, authentic....just how we like our French antiques. The gilding has worn with age but still remains in the deeper detailed crevices. The alabaster base is free from chips or cracks. The opaline dish is also free from damage. If we had to be picky, the dish does wobble very slightly where there is just a little play in the 165 year old gilt metal collar but nothing serious or detrimental.
This is a gorgeous little gem with so many uses and display opportunities.
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