This exceptional French needlecase is one of the rare figural examples. It's carved in the form of a sleek crouching greyhound with a curling tail. The details are beautifully done and it measures 4" long by about 7/8" wide.
The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage and it fits together snugly. He has a circular inset on his shoulder (when facing left), but I suspect this was done by the original carver. I can't think of any damage in this particular spot that someone could have been repairing and it was more likely to replace a flawed spot in the mother of pearl. The postage shown includes Registered shipping for non US addresses and insured shipping within the US.
The Palais Royal was an arcade of shops within a wing of a former royal palace in Paris. The shops opened in the late 1780s and housed the finest French artisans selling only the highest quality goods. Items of mother of pearl and precious metals were specialties there.