Antique French Sea Shell Floral Display under Glass Dome, France, circa 1870
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Antique French Sea Shell Floral Display under Glass Dome, France, circa 1870

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A charming antique French Napoleon III period floral display made of individual sea shells circa 1870 mounted under a glass dome (cloche) upon a shaped black wooden stand. This marvellous example of French hand work is exceptionally beautiful as it depicts a bouquet of flowers using seashells. Please enlarge the photographs to see the care and skill lavished upon this depiction of living flowers rendered in minute detail using a variety of sea shells. Ranging in size from small seashells to large sea shells this diorama was assembled with the utmost care to be seen from all directions. The oval shaped glass cloche is fitted to the oval hand-carved stand elevated upon four legs and carved to resemble swags of drapery around its entire perimeter. A terrific tribute to the unusual decoration seen during the 19th century in France made for a private home.

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  • Of the Period
    Napoleon III
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1870
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 18.25 in. x W 11 in. x D 6 in.H 46.36 cm x W 27.94 cm x D 15.24 cm
  • Seller Location
    Houston, TX
  • Seller Reference Number
    011LVLA20-1
  • Reference Number
    LU866812245813
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