This is a Bohemian Czech art glass perfume bottle with a stopper. The glass of the bottle is purple amethyst. The stopper is clear. The date is the 19th century, circa 1885.
The perfume or cologne bottle is 6” high to the top of the stopper, 4 ½” high to the top of the rim, and 1 ½” wide.
The bottle is rectangular, with sharply defined edges. The top slopes up to the neck. The rim is flat and smooth. There are the remnants of gold trim on the rim, and it is mostly worn away due to age and wear. The bottom is flat and smooth, with a piece of estate residue on one corner that I did not clean, and it shows in the photos.
The decoration is hand enameled in white, and it is called a Mary Gregory type of decoration, which shows a child at play. This child is a girl, holding up a flower in her left hand, with foliage around her. The other three sides of the bottle show a hand enameled spray of grass on stems with leaves.
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 is blown of clear crystal glass and it is faceted. The top is flat. The bottom of the stopper has a small chip. The stopper appears to be original to the bottle.
There is a small nick on the edge of the rim and I wasn’t able to get a good photo; it is difficult to see, but it is there. There are no other chips, nicks or cracks, other than what I mentioned, and which is normal for glass this old.
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