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Large Antique Napoleon III Scent Bottle w/Gilded Brass Ormolu
This is a large scent bottle dating from the end of the Napoleon III period, towards 1870. It originates from Paris.
The bottle is a beautifully hand-blown example, with sloping "shoulders" and very thick sides. It is embellished by two wide, gilded "cisele" (scissor cut) bands at the top and bottom of the body. The bands encircle the entire body. They are delicate (1' wide), each with a joyful design of flowers, stylized leaves and flowing stems. There are two thin framing bands at the top and bottom of each design featuring a repeating dot "pointelle" design.
On all four sides there is a gilded brass circle which repeats the pointelle design. The neck of the bottle has a "collier" of gilded brass. A delicate, raised pattern repeats a design of flowers and leaves. A band of tiny dots encircles the bottom and a band of larger beads encircles the top of the "bouchon". The thick glass stopper has a delicate neck and a large triangular finial. There are some remnants of gilding encircling the finial of the stopper.
The bottle is in very good antique condition with no noticeable cracks or chips. The stopper has the usual wear around the edges which rub the bottle as the stopper is removed. This is normal and expected with age and use. The gilded brass still retains the brilliant, shimmering patina. It measures: 7" tall, 11 1/4" circumference around the body.
The large size and striking design give it a commanding presence.