Mary Gregory Glass Dresser Bottle with Octagonal Stopper

Here is an unusual dresser or cologne bottle in the Mary Gregory style. (This is a technique of glass decoration in which ground glass is mixed with white enamel and applied to a glass surface. The glass is then fired in a kiln so that the paint mixture fuses to the glass.) This technique has been around since the 1800s and is still used. We believe this vintage piece to be from the 1920s. A most unusual aspect of this bottle is the shape of the stopper, including its octagonal carved stem which mirrors the octagonal neck of the bottle. The central figure also is different from many others as he carries a riding crop rather than a bird, flower or bubble pipe. He wears a "Lord Fauntleroy" outfit. The quality of artistry on this piece is very fine, with much detailing and depth of brush strokes.

The bottle is square with a tall frosted neck and a tall stopper, frosted at the base. Both bear a pattern of arches at the end of the frosted segment, and this is divided into eight sections. The octagonal motif is repeated up the stopper and down the neck to the shoulders of the bottle. The bottle itself is decorated with the dragonfly, birds and foliage common to bottles in the Mary Gregory style. The underside of the bottle is impressed with a star-burst design. There is no maker's mark.

The bottle measures 4" tall, 6" with the stopper; stopper alone is 2 7/8" tall x 1 3/4" at widest point. Bottle is 1 3/8" in diameter at the mouth and 2" square at shoulders. Its condition is near perfect with a few teeny bubbles, inside the glass near a top corner, which do not show unless one looks for them.

This is a lovely example of art glass to add to a collection; but it could also be used!

Item ID: 2267

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