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Here is a beautiful antique handpainted blue vanity set for a lady's dressing table. "9746 3" appears on the base.

The asethetic would suggest late 1880s, most likely Czechoslovakian - this is an instinct not knowledge. We are aware these appeared on the continent as well as England and were popular in Japan, but this seems earlier than the Japanese boom.

There are three lidded trinket boxes or canisters, all approximately 12 by 7 by 6 cm. The two end items are visibly smaller than the central one. These are in good condition with some edge gilt ware but no chips or cracks.

The three boxes sit on a large long tray, 47 by 17 cm. This has some crazing and signs of age as shown. Up close, some bits look stained; from afar it displays well.

This is an interesting set, and appears symmetrical enough to be complete in itself, though I'm aware these usually had a ring holder too, and possible candle-like canisters on either side.


The trader: A knowledgeable, not professional, enthusiast of collectibles selling from personal collection. I welcome helpful insights from the Trade me community.

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  • Rest of South Island (Non-signature)$7.48
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  • Seller location: Dunedin, Otago, NZ

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