Early nineteenth century large Palais Royal Desk Seal.

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Early nineteenth century large Palais Royal Desk Seal.

This stunning desk seal was produced in the Palais Royal district of Paris in the early nineteenth century. This part of the city was renowned for work of this type and a fashionable destination for those on the Grand Tour, a popular pastime in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. the main body of the seal is hand carved from a large piece of mother of pearl and is in the neoclassical style. It is set with the original gold shield shaped cartouche to one side. The matrix of the seal is occupied, though fitting a new plate over the top is inexpensive and would allow contemporary use should this be desired.

This superb quality seal stands 10cm high and is 3.75cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, having no damage and no restoration.