An extremely rare find, this flacon served at the end of a wide ribbon which was used to ring a servant bell. It dates towards 1850 and originates from Paris.
This very elegant accessory (used by the bourgeoisie) has the utmost of richness that so defines the accessories from this period. A wide silk or needlework ribbon would have been attached to the gilded brass top (see photo). The ribbon attached along the wall from the flacon to a servant bell in the room.
The body of the flacon is of hand blown cobalt blue glass. The curvaceous form has hand applied gilt accents. At the bottom is a small brass finial; at the top a wide gilded brass handle. The handle has two sides with an opening at the top for the ribbon. The design work of the handle feathers a central acanthus leaf with flanking scrolls and flowers.
The glass flacon measures 5" tall and 1 3/4" widest points of the bottom and top. The handle measures 5 " wide and 1 5/8" tall. There is a gilded brass bouchon/connector which measures 1" tall. The entire piece is 8 1/2" long. The opening for the ribbon is 4 1/2". It is in excellent antique condition with no noted cracks or chips to the glass. The gilded brass is in original condition.
This accessory rarely survived the passage of time because of it's constant use. This beautiful flacon is a true historical gem from the very gilded and luxurious era of Napoleon III.
RARE Antique Napoleon III Cobalt Glass Brass Dore Flacon a Serviteur Cloche