Cassolette – definition

A pair of Louis XVI style ormolu and alabaster cassolettes, French, 19th century. Each with berry finial at top with acanthus leaves on domed lid, inverting to a candleholder

p4A ItemID F7968011
Pair of Napoleon III Bronze‑Mounted Marble Cassolettes, late 19th c., incurvate triangular base, mounted with ram's heads and garlands

p4A ItemID F7966471
Pair of Empire-Style Gilt Bronze and Breche Violette Marble Cassolettes, late 19th c.

p4A ItemID F7950393
Antique French Rouge Marble and Bronze‑Mounted Cassolette

p4A ItemID F7944420


“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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