OLD VINAIGRETTE WITH PRECIOUS STONES.
MID-19TH CENTURY WORK.
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Rectangular, gold vinaigrette with a hinged lid. Scrollwork designs in relief highlight purple cabochon stones arranged as a flower in the center. A geometric frieze frames the composition. The body of the box is decorated with rinceau friezes on an intricately sculpted geometric background. A purple cabochon stone serves as a button to open the vinaigrette, revealing an openwork grill embellished with scrollwork around a rose. The grill was used to hold a sponge soaked in bergamot vinegar or another essence.
Length: 1.3 in / Width: 0.9 in
Weight: 0.8 oz (22 g)
Gold mark: Tête de bélier (Ram head) 1819-1838
Restauration period work