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This adorable figural piece has provenance from a large sewing collection of "Madame X" of Paris. It dates from 1890-1900.
The little sewing accessories came in very unique forms and were often quite charming. This example is a lovely little pin cushion which takes the form of a little dachshund.
The piece is cast from an elaborate mold which captured all the muscular detailing of this little dog. The details of his little chain collar are visible. There is a small cushion on his back which is covered in brown velvet for holding pins and needles.
It measures 2 1/4" long nose to tail, 1 1/2" tall to top of head, 1/2" tall at tail. It survives in good antique condition. There is a small hole from the mold at the center front, from there there is a flap of metal that folds upward toward the cushion, this may be an old restoration. The cushion is intact and original.
It is a lovely piece for a collection or for a ladies dressing table.
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French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings