Palais Royal Necessaire - The very first thing that I have to say about this exquisite necessaire is that the
pictures cannot possibly do it justice. This box is stunning! The exceptional high quality of this wonderful
antique is obvious. That said, I will do my best to describe this wonderful sewing necessaire. The box itself
is simply magnifiscent. It is constructed of wood covered in diamonds and rectangles of mother of pearl.
The etrucheon on the front of the box is gorgeous. The landscape that you see on the top of the box is hand
painted. The scene is labelled " Spinzzein cum Kreuz". It measures 6" x 3 1/4" x 1 1/2".
During the late 18th, early 19th centuries the finest needlework tools in the world were made in the palais royal
district of Paris. The tiny enamelled pansy that you see on the needlecase is the signature of the palais royal.
Everything about this set is of the highest quality. Each piece would have been custom made for this box.
The tools include: a mother of pearl needlecase, a reel (the second reel is missing), a bodkin and scissors, as
well as a cut crystal scent bottle and a silver replacement thimble. This beautiful necessaire would easily be one of the finest pieces in anyone's collection.
The box will close if forced, but not easily. And of course, it is then difficult to open. One tiny tip of the
scissors blade is broken and the fingerholes overlap a bit, but I think they were probably made that way. The
scent bottle still has its original stopper. The other tools are in excellent condition.