Napoleon III era figure, a female Blackamoor figural caddy for liqueur service, c.1850-70. In all the years we've been buying and selling, we've only found 3 female Blackamoor figural caddies like this. The tradition in France of serving a liquor aperitif remains active, and through history has left us with such charming service sets such as this one. Rare figure, and rare to find in such nice condition, as well. Full measurements noted on our photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The figure and stand is excellent, no looseness nor damage, no restoration, sturdy and solid with the weighted 4" base. Beautiful female figure, elegant and exotic. These Blackamoors are not about slavery, remember - France abolished slavery much earlier than most. These are the exotic shopkeepers and business service entrepreneurs who, in full dignity, intrigued Napoleon's Empire expansion soldiers. They celebrated the foreign cultural icons. In this set, all 8 cups are still with the set, though 2 have faint hairlines and 1 has a very minuscule chip on rim. The little stopper for barrel is missing but a small cork will work as well should you want to actually put the set to use. Many connect these figures to the boutiques of the famed Palais Royal. While I can see why they'd think that, I can't verify it. Wonderfully collectible, highly sought after. This one is RARE!