Cassolette – definition

Antique French Rouge Marble and Bronze‑Mounted Cassolette

p4A ItemID F7944420
Antique French Rouge Marble and Bronze-Mounted Cassolette, foliate arms and colla

p4A ItemID F7935581
Pair of Continental Bronze Cassolettes, 20th c., foliate decoration, tripodal legs

p4A ItemID F7935483
Pair of Napoleon III Bronze‑Mounted Rouge Marble Cassolettes, late 19th c., swan handles

p4A ItemID F7924272


“Cassolette,” the diminutive form of the French word “cassole,” means small container. While the word has other meanings, in the world of decorative arts, it refers to a small covered vase meant to hold perfumed substances or incense. A cassolette normally has holes pierced in the shoulders and in the cover to allow the scent to drift out. Frequently, mounted vases that were not originally designed as cassolettes have had a pierced metal band added between their mouth and cover. These containers often later found use as potpourri containers.

A beautiful pair of Empire ormolu and bronze cassolettes. (p4A item # D9858088)

Hollie Davis, p4A Senior Editor – June 24, 2009


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