Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Chers Amis de Bon Gout! Bonjour! 

Today's subject of interest is cassolettes. These always highly decorative objects have evolved through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, but had their start as vase form metal containers for burning perfume pastilles. 

They were usually of cast metal however, the solid silver 3ft tall models which Louis XIV had in the hall of mirrors at Versailles take the all-time top prize for voluptuousness in this category! 

Those made of more fragile materials such as lacquer, porcelain or faience were usually provided with a metal lining. 

Items unearthed at the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which had been buried in 79AD, provided models and detailing for the interpretation of cassolettes for use in the designs of andirons, wall sconces, clock sets, and even furniture. After some models had evolved past actually being used as perfume burners, they often had a flame finial harkening back to their original function. 

Following you can see a selection of cassolette inspired items available here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques. Please plan a visit soon to see these in person as well as the ample stock of furniture, building materials, and decorative items. 

Merci cordialement, 
Robert E. Smith 
Au Vieux Paris Antiques 

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One of Louis XIV’s solid silver and gold plated cassolettes, probably around three feet tall. S.v.p! 

Louis XIV in front of his silver throne, surrounded by large solid silver ornaments; including a cassolette in the foreground. 

One of a pair of cassolette inspired andirons at the Musée Louvre.

 - The Following items are selected from the current stock at Au Vieux Paris Antiques - 

A pair of nineteenth century bronze doré andirons 

Bronze doré cheminée ornaments to the rear and a pair of cast pewter cassolettes in the foreground.

Nineteenth century bronze doré andirons 

Bronze doré sconces with cassolette finials 

Bronze doré elements from a cheminée garniture 

One of a pair of wall sconces in bronze doré with cassolette finials 

Above are mid-nineteenth century cassolettes of marble. Filling them with potpourri would relate to their ancestral beginnings as perfume vaporizers.

An andiron at Musée Carnavalet

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