Antique French Palais Royal Opaline Glass Egg Pocket Watch Stand, from one of the boutiques at the old Palais Royal, palace of Cardinal Richelieu in Paris. A Grand Tour souvenir from the 1800's, this delicate glass egg casket is supported by a gilt bronze stand that has four elegant curving feet accented with rope detailing.
Inside, the surprise of a place to hang your pocket watch on one side, and all your rings or other jewelry in the other half of the box. Such a treat to add to your collection, the white opaline egg is perfection. Opens and closes well. Also a favorite place for your favorite locket as a display.
- Measures 4-3/4" x 2" x 3-1/4"h when closed.
first half of 1800s, and very likely from one of those boutiques. Such fun frivolous creativity has gone into these natural mother of pearl shell objects - from elaborate mechanical etui presenting sewing sets and/or perfume sets, to trinket ring holders or, as in this case, a "vide poche" (literally: empty pocket). Into this little stand at bedside or mantel would go one's pocket items, pocket