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Antique French Figural Boite Allumette (Match Holder)
This is an adorable figural piece, dating from the late nineteenth century. Charming and unique cast items from this period served as desk, sewing and vanity items. This particular piece was made for holding matches. It dates from 1880-1890 and originates from Paris, France.
The little poodle has fine detailing. He has a very fashionable Parisian haircut, with little curly rings of fur around his ankles. The details of his wavy locks are nicely portrayed, his little face is adorable. He leisurely scratches one ear while faithfully waiting and guarding the contents of the holder/box. The holder is in the form of a Greek Ionic column. The column has nice detailing and soft patina of mat gold. "Pierre" as we have come to think of him, has fur in charcoal grey/black.
It has survived in very good condition and sits solidly on the table. It is heavy for its small size. It measures: 3" tall (tallest point at column), 4 3/4" wide (poodle): the holder is 2 1/2" deep.
It is a pretty little holder, for matches, pens or small vanity brushes.
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