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To find a matching pair such delicate examples is rare indeed. These beauties come from Paris and date towards 1860.
The age of Napoleon III saw a taste for luxury and elegance.Vanity tables overflowed with scent bottles and elegant accessories to make the boudoir a heavenly retreat. This pair of oval crystal bowls would have once held a single floating flower or have been filled with divine scented rose petals.
The crystal bowls are hand blown and are very thick (1/4"). They are set into an ormolu frame of gilded bronze. The frames are custom to the bowls.They have the very elegant styling of the Napoleon III period with festoons and flowers abounding. The handles are in the form of two large flower festoons. The top rim is accented by a fluted band with crossed ribbons at the center. Ornate swags depict delicate roses and small bouquets of flowers. The bottom band has repeating acanthus leaves and a turned out beaded edge.
Each bowl measures 3 7/8" x 2 7/8" and are 2 1/4" tall, 2" deep. The total width with the handles is 5 1/4". The condition is excellent with no visible cracks or chips, no missing bits of ormolu, the structures are sound.
On a period dresser or desk they would be stunning. Filled with ruby red roses, they would add an air of nobility to any boudoir. We sell them as a pair only.
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