This is a Bohemian Czech blue art glass bottle, for scent, cologne or perfume, or for cordials or liqueurs. The date is the 19th century, circa 1885.
The bottle is 9” high to the top of the stopper and 3 ¾” wide at the bottom.
The glass is blue and very light in weight, which some glass is from this time period.
The front has a white enameled scene, showing a small village of two houses and a taller building in the back. Smoke is coming out of the chimney of the house on the left.
Mary Gregory decoration is white enamel painting on art glass. Most of this decoration on antique glass was done in Bohemia between 1880 and 1920; this type of decoration started around 1815 and continues today, but the more modern post war techniques are evident because the characters are out of proportion and the detail isn’t clear, for example the head will be over-sized. The quality of the painting on the antique glass is determined by the detail and how many firings it went through. The white enamel decoration isn’t all children at play and adult figures, as there are bird and butterfly motifs, rural scenes, deer in a forest, etc.
Mary Gregory decoration is also called “Painted Cameo” or “Poor Man’s Cameo.”
The stopper has a crenellated top, a type of edge that is known to be produced by Harrach. The rim is polished flat with the remnants of applied gold trim. There is a line of white beading around the outside middle of the upper part of the stopper. The bottom of the stopper shows some nibbling, at the upper and lower ends.
The bottom of the stopper and the bottom of the bottle are enameled with the number “46.”.
Gold trim around the neck and mouth are mostly worn away. The line of gold trim around the bottom is mostly intact.
The glass has some air bubbles.
The pontil is indented and has been snapped off.
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