Gorgeous and unusual belle jardinere. This has had a fabulous life as the centre piece of a grand manoir salon, dating back to the late 1800s.
It is bronzed metal and was originally painted, the paint has faded but touches remain bright giving it an elegantly aged appeal. Ornate, elegant and well crafted, but not showy.
Definately faded grandeur rather than shabby chic, this to me is the quintessence of French country style.
There is a removable tray into which you can if you wish plant, as would have originally been its purpose.
The Jardinere is approximately 32cmx12cm or 1' x 5"