Superb pair of old 19th century French perfume bottles with kiln-fired enamel insets in the ormolu caps, petit and from an old scent caddy or perhaps a vanity and sewing box, they remain in very fine condition for the age. With Sevres floral bouquet motif on each, typical of the work done in both Sevres and Bresse artisan communities of France. Just look at the intricate hand worked exteriors. Delicate floral bouquet worked against a bright white background - just lovely! Slight residue in the bottles simply because my photographer got to these before I did. I'll be sure they're cleaned out and lovely. Mostly what you're seeing is the residue, though, of some old tag on bottoms, which showing through, looks a bit like dirt. It is not. Look at the images of the bottoms.
ENAMEL NOTE: This process, which I've written about many times, is one only accomplished with the skill of years and years of practice. The enamel powders are various shades of muddy mauve, taupe, blues, not the least resembling the color they will become once the kiln melts them into the glassine or porcelain like finished product you see here. So an artist is layering on stroke after stroke, working quite literally blind as far as the colors and spacing of the finished outcome he/she hopes to achieve. It is the memory that guides the hand in this art. And subject to such whims of nature and memory, it's always amazing to me that they come out with anything but a glob. I've tried this art, myself, and believe me, it's very difficult. I mostly get globs. The nature of the process is part of the reason why these old kiln-fired objects have such a following and bring the prices they continue to bring.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, missing only one stopper of the original 2, as you can see in our large clear photos. The enamel on slightly convex copper insets are, as noted, without loss. No restoration, they've just been very well cared for. They're fabulous and sure to please. They do not have cracks or breaks or holes and will hold fluid just fine.
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