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Swiss Gold and Enamel Musical Vinaigrette

$22,500

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A musical movement distinguishes this wonderful early 19th-century gold vinaigrette box. The vessel is covered in delicate engraving highlighted by blue and white champlevé enamel detailed in a fine floral motif. The button on the front of the box controls the music, and the accompanying original key winds the mechanism. Gentlemen and ladies utilized the vinaigrette to avoid the pungent smells that were commonplace in the streets of 19th-century cities. The vinaigrette contained a wad of cotton or cloth material, soaked in perfume, vinegar or smelling salts, held in place by a pierced lid that allowed the carrier to inhale the aromatic substance instead of the “less pleasant” odors one could encounter throughout the day. Circa 1820 1 1/4" wide x 7/8" deep x 3/8" high.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: .38 in. (9.66 mm)Width: 1.25 in. (3.18 cm)Depth: .88 in. (2.24 cm)
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Metal,Enameled
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 30-92641stDibs: LU891124292742

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    $110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New Orleans, LA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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