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This is a French art glass perfume bottle. The glass is cranberry, or pale ruby. The date is the 19th century, circa 1880.
The bottle is 4” high and 2 ½” wide at the belly.
The top is brass or bronze, difficult to tell. The very top is a painted circle of porcelain, hand painted with a pink rose, green leaves and other little flowers, so essentially a nosegay of flowers. The metal is hinged and the top opens up. There is a clear crystal internal stopper. Usually the internal stoppers are missing by now, so it is good that this one is still here. The metal bands the neck and extends out over the top of the belly of the bottle in the form of small leaves. There is a lot of dark age patina on the metal and quite black on some leaves. I don’t clean the patina as most buyers prefer to see the patina themselves; some buyers keep the patina on, others clean it off. The internal clear stopper has a line down the side, which I show in a photo, difficult to feel, but easy to see.
The bottom has a small smooth circle for the pontil.
There are a few tiny air bubbles. There are no chips, nicks or cracks.
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French Pale Ruby or Cranberry Art Glass Perfume Bottle Hand Painted Porcelain Top c 1880
$263 USD SOLD
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