A magnificent, museum worthy Palais Royal scent bottle, it originates from a Parisian collection. It dates towards 1870.
This is an exquisite work, which would have been sold in one of the fancy shops along the Palais Royal. The very fine silver mounts would have been fabricated at a silversmith's atelier.
The cobalt bottle is in an elongated teardrop form. There is a bottom overlay mount of hand cut silver which features a motif of intertwining grape vines, leaves and grapes. Each of these forms is hand engraved with exquisite detail. The top silver overlay mount repeats the same design and is equally exquisitely engraved. The silver lid is bulb shaped. There is a crown of intertwining grape vines at the top with bunches of grapes cascading downward. The engraving is exquisite. The bottle opens with a fine hinge. The original bouchon is still in place. There is a tiny sanglier silver mark at the back top center underneath the hinge (vaguely visible).
The bottle measures 4 3/4" x 1/2" wide (bottom) 1" wide (shoulder). It is in very good antique condition, no cracks or chips in glass, silver work in good order, no cracks or chips to bouchon. NOTE: the photographic lights reflect on the silver showing a slightly gilt appearance. The silver has a true silver color.
This is an extravagant small accessory from an era of elegance and refinement that has never been seen again. It is a precious part of history and a fantastic decorative work.
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