A superb example of mid-1800s Grand Tour souvenirs, a gorgeous casket, box, caddy for the 2 original scent bottles that still remain inside. This is the type available in the boutiques of the famed Palais Royal, and certainly a grand treasure that's been well treasured for more than 150 years to survive without any damage to speak of, and no damage to the thick glass flasks though you see a tiny bit of moisture loss to one of the hand painted miniatures that are mounted under glass in the caps of each of the perfume bottles. The ormolu is in brass and appears to be completely intact. If there's a tiny spot lifted or gone, it has escaped my examination. One usually finds a little bit, a corner or something lifted, but this pair is very solid. A wonderful pair of scent bottles of good size. One note - it has both of the original stoppers from inside, but one is currently stuck and we'll be working it gently to get it loose and then will have that rather dirty look to the interior of bottle cleared up, as well. Again, both stoppers with this set. The views you see there in the eglomise paintings include the Madeleine and a monument that existed in 19th century that I can't just now think of the name of which always drives me crazy. Will think of it in the middle of a night soon and will annotate the listing.
Very good to excellent without damage or breaks, all the brass shawl or shrouding and caps fully, unbroken and in place, and no damage chips or cracks, no hairlines to the thick glass, nor to the ormolu. Typical of the velvet caskets, there is age showing to the exterior of the Napoleon III era chest in which the perfumes rest, but no rips or tears, no loss other than some of the silk velvet nap, and only one loss to the beautiful decorative onlays which include mother of pearl and brass. You'll see it in the backside panel of the box. The only flaw notable is the easiest one to fix and we'll be doing so - one of the original stoppers has stuck itself and we'll be carefully soaking it so we can remove it and clean out that one scent bottle for our buyer. A lovely old set.
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