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Antique Art Nouveau French Sterling Silver Nancy Daum Glass Portable Liquor Flask, Bottle
An antique Art Nouveau Daum glass bottle with French sterling silver mounts, circa 1897. Quite stunning, the tapered body of cameo glass decorated with leaves and sunflowers with a textured background, having vibrant coloration of dark green receding to clear. The motif comprises of a cascade of flowers with tendrils of sinuous vines and stylized leaves, having gilt painted accents. Signed to the base with gilt script signature of Daum Nancy as well as the Cross of Lorraine. Daum Freres developed many techniques that were incorporated into the production of there renown Art Nouveau pieces, combining cameo carving, enameling and acid etching. The lid and tumbler are ornately decorated in high relief repousse, of outstanding craftsmanship and fine detail, featuring a coiling vine with whimsical stylized sunflowers and sinuous leaves. Having a gilt vermeil interior to the screw-on lid and removable cup or tumbler. The sterling silver lid and cup are hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, which depicts the head of the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of .950/1000 (95% pure silver and a higher grade of silver than .925 sterling.) Also bearing maker's marks for Parisian silversmith Prosper Ytasse, active in 1897, whose workshop was located at 17 rue Réaumur in Paris. In overall good condition for its age with some general wear. Retains a glass stopper. Measures 6" in length. Perfect among scent bottle collections, this type of bottle was once intended for serving liquor. Called a flacon a eau de Melisse, they typically served a kind of spirits made from lemon balm or absinthe. These highly collectible bottles are sometimes known as carriage flasks as they were portable for travel, and were easily stow-able in one's purse or pocket during a night out at the theatre and opera.