Antique French Dieppe Ivory Napkin Ring - For Sale
Antique French Dieppe Ivory Napkin Ring
Magnificently carved Dieppe ivory napkin ring! A profusion of fruits and flowers and intricately detailed leaves in absolutely pristine condition cover the entire surface of the ring. This cornucopia is banded at the edges and bears a central cartouche in shield shape. The shield is monogrammed A D (even I can make out this monogram!) The shield is nicely textured as a backdrop for the monogram. Dieppe, a port city in France, was the entry point for many ivories, spices and exotic items from the Orient and Africa from the 1500-1800's. As such, it became a center for fine and creative ivory sculpting; many of the finest pieces are on display in the Dieppe Museum. It only gets harder to find good quality Dieppe ivory sculpted items in excellent condition, as is this napkin holder.