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Pair of Nineteenth Century “Palais Royal” French Silver and Glass Scent Bottles w/ Reticulated Ormolu
This exquisite pair once graced the dressing table of a lovely Parisian lady. They date from 1880-1890 and would have once been sold in one of the fine shops which lined the Palais Royal in Paris.
The bodies are of fine glass which has been slightly fluted on each side to create panels. The silver reticulated ormolu is delicate and fine, cascading across the "shoulders" of the bottles like fine lace. The necks of the bottles have wide decorated bands opening up to a bronze lip. There are two glass bouchons (stoppers, which have become stuck over time and do not come out).
Each beautiful lid is joined to the neck by a hinge. There are rings of raised egg shapes on the outer edges, bands (very ornamented) which scroll toward the top and an eglomise picture (under glass) at the top of each lid. Each picture (chromolithograph on paper) depicts a much-loved Parisian monument.
The glass bottles set into solid bronze frames. There is a decorative band with repeating flowers and four ball-shaped feet with scrolls at each angle. You can still see the perfume (and slightly smell) which remains inside. Each bottle measures:4 1/2" tall, 2 3/8" square at the bottom and the eglomise pictures, 7/8" in diameter.
They remain in very good and solid condition. There are no cracks to the glass and very little wear overall. The eglomise pictures have faded slightly, the Arc de Triomphe picture does not remain flat as it originally was (this can be remedied by applying water and heat, we chose to leave this decision to the final owner as we admire the pieces for their original history).
An elegant pair, they would be stunning on an antique dressing table or desk.
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