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Antique Napoleon III Gilded Metal and Porcelain Vide Poche/Porte Montre
A very elegant gilded bird gently holds out a branch for placing treasured jewels and watches. This gorgeous piece dates from the period of Napoleon III (1850-1872) and originated from Paris.
The deliciously gilded metal base is in the form of branches and leaves which swirl around a porcelain bowl. The branches extend upward to serve as a perch for a beautifully detailed bird. The pretty little songbird has her wings outstretched and holds a little curvy twig. There is much detail to the feathers across the wing, tail and body. She has a gentle expression on her face.
The porcelain bowl has a hand-painted garland of delicate flowers (daisies, roses, forget-me-nots and mums). Green leaves and vines intertwine throughout the garland. There is a central rose at the bottom center. The painted work is of the utmost quality, and was executed by a master porcelain painter. The outside of the porcelain bowl has a feather-like design of a hand-painted purple garland. The porcelain bowl is set into place with a beautifully detailed gilded metal top mount.
The overall measurements are: 4 1/4" to top of bird, 4" across the base, the bowl is 3 1/8" in diameter and 1 5/8" deep. It survives in very good antique condition with no visible chips or cracks to the porcelain.
It is one of the most charming and dainty little examples that we have found. It is beautiful with a treasured necklace daintily draped from the branch or would be very elegant holding pearls in the bowl and a beautiful ring from the branch. It is an exquisite treasure from a gilded age.