On offer is an unusual Chinese Art Deco era purse perfume bottle with its accompanying funnel and in its original fabric covered, silk lined box. The bottle is made of 935 (marked, see photo) silver (higher silver content than sterling) and features an unusual triangular shaped hexagonal shape. The front of the bottle is deeply engraved with leaves and plants. The rest of the bottle is polished and undecorated. The lid screws onto the bottle and, as you can see in the photos, is a low conical shape. The funnel is has a diagonally cut bottom and is perfect for transferring cologne or perfume into the bottle. The bottle is marked on the bottom (see photo) with the "935" in a rectangle indicating silver content, the maker's mark "EC" for E. Clemann (with an accent aigu over the "e" in Clemann), Jeweler, 6 Legation Street, Peking whose paper label is on the underside of the box. This jeweler/silversmith was working in China from at least 1920 onward and recently an Art Deco set of sterling flatware with serving pieces was auctioned by Bonham's. The two silver items measure as follows: bottle is 2 5/16" H X 1 7/8" W (5.8cm T X 4.8cm W for our overseas buyers) while the funnel measures 1 3/4" in length and 1 1/4 diameter at the top (4.1cm length X 3.2cm diameter at top). The box, although the hinged area is unattached, has its original fabric covering inside and out and its original carved bone closure pins as well as the fitted interior for the two pieces. This is a rare item in excellent, used condition with no dents or other damage of any kind. Excellent item for a perfume bottle collection or to use. When you open the lid of the bottle you will be able to smell the faint aroma of the last perfume it held. This item is a beautiful survivor from the Art Deco period!
Item ID: ML0244
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