Antique Georgian Or Napoleonic Era Shagreen Etui, 2 Perfume Bottles And More For Sale
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Antique Georgian or Napoleonic Era Shagreen Etui, 2 Perfume Bottles and MORE
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Shagreen etui in fine form, complete with most if not all of the original inner fitted vanity and manicure or personal care & hygeine items that would have been requisite for the French Military officer whose daily 'toilette' depended upon such tuckaway sets. This is, I believe, a French etui, and I did purchase this one in France. The English also used these, often though, the English shagreen is of a coarser scale and not so fine as the French, who seemed to use only the belly leather of the stingray to get this very fine pore leather you see here. Yes, shagreen is the leather from the stingray, sometimes from shark as well, but for the most part it was the stingray. The leather is singularly spectacular for that reason alone, but look at how well this etui has survived, which is not the case so often in these, since they were functional and not just decorative objects. The set includes almost all of the original fitted implements as you can see. The one scent flask has a missing silver lid, and there would have been a tiny silver funnel resting in that velvet tube/post between the bottles, which is no longer in place. Perhaps a pencil gone to the years, as well, but the rest remain. Superb!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. We have noted above that a bit or two of implements are lost, but the case remains well stocked with its original fitted implements and for a set over 220 years of age, we think it a miraculous find as you see it. RARE! You will find a similar one on display in the Musee des Arts Decoratif, now open in a wing of the Louvre in Paris. When you are next there, don't miss that museum. It is such a rich source for research and you'll be surprised at how much of it looks just like the inventory of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. (smile)
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