French Opaline Eggs


I could not even come up with a catchy title to this post.  The objects I have photographed  are not conducive to catchy buzz words.

If one were so fortunate (as in, had access to great fortune) to make the Grand Tour in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, one would want to bring back a souvenir from the travels.  In Paris, a visit to the Palais Royale  would be high on the list of any young lady or Madame of good taste.  The shopping was  unique and of high style.  Louis Phillipe was the ruler at the time when the gardens and buildings were opened to the public for the first time.  Imagine seeing beautiful opaline eggsIMG_3252 in many colors in one of the small boutiques, and how fascinated one might be with the intricacy of the ormolu mounts and the beautiful gilding. IMG_3247 Just as in the early 1800’s, there are collectors who covet these whimsical eggsIMG_3244 but they are not so easy to find, especially unusual forms such as this. IMG_3238 You will find some that are trinket boxes IMG_3240or jewelry holders and others that hold beautiful perfume bottles.  No longer utilitarian, they still remain one of my favorite curiosities.  IMG_3233


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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3 Responses to French Opaline Eggs

  1. sharon says:

    ooo i am in love..I want a pink one…


  2. Pauline says:

    They are stunning – present day Faberge eggs!


  3. Anita Rivera says:

    I NEED that aqua one with the little cartwheels….I can see a limoge bunny or other animal pulling this magical egg! And the French by far are still some of the best artisans in the world, amongst many others….the ormolu details are lush! And my dear, thank you for coming to visit me. VIVE LA POÈSIE! Anita


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