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Antique French Nineteenth Century Two Piece Table Jardiniere/Port Fleurs
This is a divine small example which has all the fine accoutrements of it's larger counterpart. It dates from 1890-1900.
The jardiniere has been cast from a blend of metals and his heavy and solid. It stands on four curved legs with animal feet. There is a large cartouche medallion on the front and back panels. Swags of roses drape left to right and underneath the cartouche. There are large flowing ribbons atop the cartouche which raise up above the rim of the bowl. There are two very fanciful handles which are formed from arabesques and cascading leaves. The bottom of the piece has a beautiful geometric pattern. (We love French things for this quality....even the underneath is beautiful).
The interior has a lightweight gilded metal lift-out liner (1 1/4" deep). The liner converts the jardiniere into a flower holder for small blossoms as pictured (#1). The jardiniere measures 2" deep without the liner. The liner has one metal ring for lifting out (it looks as if there was a matching ring on the other side but it is no longer present).
The measurements are:10 1/2" across (outer handle to handle), 4" tall (to middle of bow)4 1/2" across foot to foot, 4" front to back (foot to foot). It is in very good antique condition with no noticeable flaws other than the missing ring on the liner.
It is a stunning piece. The patina is absolutely elegant with the gunmetal and silver colored metal darkening throughout the piece to accent the cast design; This beautiful patina reflects history and the passage of time.
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