Art Deco Blue Guilloche Enamel Perfume Flask or Flacon

Like the wing of a bird of paradise, this perfume flask seems to glow even with perfectly still, but really comes to life in the light. When twisted in the light, it flutters, it shines, it dazzles. It is truly entrancing, and the best of its kind I have ever seen. The delicate guilloche patterning is so intricate, and made almost impossibly intricate by the way the pattern graduates in size from the top to the bottom of the flask. The pattern wraps, curves, almost seems to dance across the surface. The enamel shows a hundred different shades of blue, its primary, resting color being a powder blue, but every shade beyond, even those for which we have no names, except to say ‘beautiful.’

Please view my Favorite Links page to find a link to a YouTube video of the flask in sunlight to fully appreciate the guilloche enamel.

Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Mild tarnishing around the rim and cap. Enamel looks beautiful, there may be a few surface scratches visible in reflected light, but that’s it. There are, if you twist it in the light, a few pinprick-size marks, but these are original to the piece and part of the manufacturing process. I’ve tried to post photos where you can see these minute details, although they are so tiny this is difficult. The cap twists on and off easily, and the flask itself is empty. After testing, I can say that the metal is at least sterling silver plated, perhaps all sterling silver, although I would not be surprised if the interior is lined with another metal to preserve any perfume inside. The flask measures approximately 1 ¾” wide by 1 7/8” long and 3/8” thick. There are what at first glance appear to be a couple of marks but upon close, microscopic examination they are utterly indecipherable, if they are deliberate marks at all. There is also, as is pictured, a sterling silver perfume funnel which, though not original to the piece, I have included for the future owner.

Item ID: 0206

$545 USD

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