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Material:  Natural Antique Ivory
Size:  Width ~ 3 & 1/2 inches,   Height ~ 2 & 7/8 inches
Quantity:  1 ~ three pc vanity jar

We were very fortunate to acquire a large group of 130 year old antique Victorian ivory vanity items from a direct descendant of the original owner.  These fine ivory pieces were initially purchased by a wealthy East coast aristocrat in the early 1880s, during the 19th century period known as the Gilded Age, an era of upper class opulence and wealth.  Each piece is available individually here on our web site.  Please see the last image above for a picture of all the items grouped together and history / provenance information.

This listing is for the largest round vanity dresser jar pictured in the upper right of the last image/group photo above and shown in detail in the preceding images.   Please note:  placing your cursor on the image will enlarge it for a more detailed view
This fine vanity item features all of the definitive aspects required to confirm natural ivory, including the distinctive grain and very visible cross hatching pattern known as Schreger lines, sometimes also described as stacked chevrons, diamond or V shapes.  Please see the 7th through 10th images above for close up views of the aforementioned pattern, which is visible throughout the canister.  It is very cool to the touch (another ivory indicator) with a beautiful warm patina only achieved through 130 plus years of age and gentle use.
The jar is quite large and round/cylinder in form.  It is a three piece design, featuring the outer lid which twists/screws off of interlocking sections on jar body to remove.   Inside there is an additional interior lift off knobbed lid, designed to keep milady`s powder from dispersing indiscriminately when the outer lid/cover is removed.
The exterior lid features an exquisitely carved and unbelievably intricate monogram at top center, similar to carving work attributed to the Dieppe area of France, a historical center famous for fine quality hand carved ivory.  The monogram is so fancy  and elaborate it could be interpreted as any number of initials, however due to the family supplied provenance we know definitively that the three letters represented on this piece, as on all the other pieces in the group, are:  MST.   Please note this monogram is carved into the ivory, with the surrounding area cut away so the initials appear raised, or in relief, versus the more commonly found monogram that is carved separately and then applied.  The method used to carve the monogram on this particular vanity jar is definitely a more complicated and time consuming technique.  It also indicates that this piece, in fact most/all of the pieces included in the group shown above, were actually custom made for the owner and likely part of her 1881 dowry / bridal / wedding trousseau.
We are especially pleased to note that this boudoir dressing table powder jar is in exceptionally fine antique estate condition, with no chips, breaks, stains, or issues of any kind.  Tiny light age lines, seen in the first and second images around the outer ring that encircles the monogram, are naturally occurring, commonly found in old ivory and in no way affect either integrity or aesthetics.  In fact experts and those familiar with 19th century ivory expect to find similar evidence of age and consider such further confirmation of this natural material.  Both the interior and exterior lids fit/align perfectly and snugly.
A very high quality antique dresser powder jar, likely French in origin and custom made for a wealthy East coast aristocrat.  Exquisitely crafted and finely carved from substantial, thick, heavy ivory, with great attention to detail.  The outstanding condition indicates it was cherished and well cared for.  Please see the other related ivory items listed in this same category.

Antique Victorian Ivory Dresser Powder Jar, 3 pc, Beautifully Carved, 19th Century, c. 1881

$ 579.00


PLEASE NOTE:
International shipping is not available for this item.  Also, pending further government legislation, antique ivory can only be shipped to limited destinations within the United States.  If interested in possible purchase, please inquire via our Contact link with destination specifics.

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