PRESENTING AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING Perfume/Scent Bottle from the 18th Century, namely an 18C French Palais Royal Perfume Bottle. .

Either French or Italian and most likely another keepsake from the Grand Tour.

In our opinion, it is French Palais Royale in style.

The Gold (we think is 14ct gold plating) and the filigree work is stunning. The sides have gold filigree branches that fall down the sides of the Bottle,  encasing it, with gold pearl like carvings to simulate pearl drops.

The lid is fabulous gold filigree or repousse work, again simulating pearls and stringing (ropes), to simulate a domed or crowned lid which is hinged.  To add to the crown effect the lid is inlaid with what we believe to be diamond cut green gems, possibly Tourmalines.

Circa 1790, extremely rare and desirable.


In the past “Grand Tour” was the name of the journey that the European noblemen and rich bourgeois took to Italy, to discover its ancient beauty and its incomparable richness of arts and culture. It was more than a simple tour or a passing fashion, it became a fundamental moment in the cultural training of every cultivated European.

The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class European young men of means. The custom flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s, and was associated with a standard itinerary. It served as an educational rite of passage.


18C French Palais Royal Perfume Bottle.

Provenance: Purchased by us at a High-end Auction in Ireland.

Dimensions: 3.25 in high with a 2.25 in diameter

Condition: Very good original condition.


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