Louis XVI-Style Chalcedony and Gilt Bronze Cassolettes

  • The bodies of these English cassolettes are formed from stunning examples of chalcedony
  • Doré bronze mounts in the Louis XVI style perfectly contrast with the deep gray hues
  • These covered vases were designed to hold perfumed substances or incense
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Item No. 31-5323

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The bodies of this pair of Louis XVI-style cassolettes are formed from stunning examples of chalcedony. Their graceful design showcases the qualities for which this mineral is so loved, from its radiating crystalline structure to its rich shades of gray and white. Doré bronze mounts in the Louis XVI style perfectly contrast with the deep hues of the stone. The classical satyr masks surmount the legs, which terminate in hoofed feet, while highly detailed floral festoons surround the forms. The mounts add the perfect amount of luxury without overwhelming the richness of the stone.

The term "cassolette" is from the French word cassole, meaning "small container." While the word has other meanings in culinary respects, in the decorative arts, cassolettes are small covered vases meant to hold perfumed substances or incense. Popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, these objets d'art were crafted from all manner of materials, including marble, porcelain and bronze. The most coveted examples were formed from desirable stones such as Blue John, amethyst or chalcedony, as seen in the present pair.

Late 19th century

4 1/2" diameter x 10 3/4" high
Louis XVI-Style Chalcedony and Gilt Bronze Cassolettes
Period: 19th Century
Type: Vases/Vessels
Depth: 4.5 Inches
Width: 4.5 Inches
Height: 10.75 Inches
Style: Louis XVI

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