Such a beautiful and rare example of the treasures made for the grand tour trade during the mid-1800s. This pretty little ormolu French center piece has the original blue and clear glass and only found in grand tour pieces where we usually expect an opaline insert. As expected, the metal floral work is quite eloquent, but having the cold painted enameling and faux jewels triple the enhancement of this little garden of delight.
The blue to clear glass insert with lovely pointed and round cut edges in very good condition without any chips or cracks. The gilt metal frame is beautiful with many stems of flowers and leaves set with paste stones and enameling on some of the flower pedals. The base of the basket has glass claw set jewels all around the bottom in a variety of colors.
It is in good antique condition with just a few of the stones missing, and originally there were probably a few more leaves holding down the insert, now they are just stems. A bit of enamel is off on some of the flowers and as typically found of pieces from this era, there is some wear to some of the gilt. All pretty consistent with the age. This very rare and unique Palais Royal luxury item is still highly collectible today and not often to find the ones with so many jewel stones and this particular glass. It measures about 5” high and 5” across the bottom. French in origin, circa 1860.
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