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Antique Napoleon III French Opaline and Brass Dore Cache Pot
The luminous opaline glass combined with the brilliant and delicate brass dore reticulated ormolu give this little cache pot a jewel-like presence. It dates from the end of the Napoleon III period, towards 1870 and comes from Paris. Small vanity jars such as this graced handsome dressing tables and would have held powders or cremes.
The little cache pot has an elegant body, made of fine white opaline glass. The bottom has an overlay of reticulated ormolu in five wide medallions repeating the same design of flowers and intertwined arabesques. The pot stands on four little round, ball feet. There is a lower gallery with a frame of tiny balls at the bottom edge.
The lid sets down into the pot with an inner lip. The reticulated ormolu drapes over the lid with a most delicate pattern of leaves and raised arabesques. Ther is a central knob with a 3/4" diameter ring. The total measurements are: 2 1/4" tall (to top of knob on the lid), 2 1/4" in diameter (lid), and 1 1/8" deep inside. The lower metal base measures 1 3/8" in diameter.
It survives in excellent condition with no visible cracks or chips. The delicate metalwork is in fine condition. It is a handsome example from the Napoleon III period.
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