French Ormolu & bronze desk set (encrier), boat form with snake handles, c. 1820

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Superb quality ormolu & patinated bronze desk set (encrier), the clinker built boat form flanked by twin serpent handles coiling beneath to act as feet, the center with a separate cylindrical sander & lid, rectangular box & lid, and fixed cylinder & lid, within a pierced railing.
Foundry mark ‘6’ (or 9), also tally mark ‘iiiiii’ ,
probably French,
circa 1820.

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