A RARE Antique High Quality TAHAN 'Boulle' Work and Mother of Pearl Perfume Casket and Original Key.
Bass-inlaid Boulle and Mother of Pearl Marquetry Decorate the Rectangular Casket.
The Interior of the Casket is Comprised of Three Compartments that Hold Original Gilded Perfume Bottles.
Each Perfume Bottle is Hand Decorated with Gilded Flowers and Scroll Work.
Boulle Work is a Type of Marquetry of Patterned Inlays First Used by Andre Charles Boulle in the 17th Century.
Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880)
was the official ébéniste de l'Empereur or master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, the Empress Eugénie. Known for her beauty and impeccable taste, the Empress Eugene enjoyed the reputation as a trend setter and favoured the workshop Tahan.
Tahan Fabricant was located at 30 Rue de La Paix from 1849 and subsequently from 1878 at Boulevard des Italiens.
Perfume Bottles 7cms High (2.8")
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