Late nineteenth century gilt bronze perfume casket.


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Late nineteenth century gilt bronze and simulated malachite perfume casket.

This magnificent bronze dore and simulated malachite perfume casket was produced in France towards the end of the nineteenth century. Its hinged lid is surmounted by a birds nest containing five eggs, the two birds protecting them from a viper. The interior of the casket is lined with red velvet and contains four matching glass perfume bottles with gilt decoration, each complete with its original stopper. The bronze dore decoration to the exterior of the casket is of exquisite quality and in conjunction with the simulated malachite, may be considered to have been made in the Russian taste. It was therefore possibly intended for export.

This stunning late nineteenth century bronze dore and simulated malachite perfume casket stands 14cm high. It is 16cm wide and 15cm deep. (Measurements approximate). There is a small area of old restoration to the right hand side of the lock. The lining shows signs of wear as would be expected. One bottle has a tiny chip at the base – mentioned only for complete accuracy.

Ref; Christies Sale 5354 13 May 2008 Lot 447.