Antique 18th Century Scent Bottle Flask Smelling Salts Circa 1770s
This is a stunning example of a George III period scent flask. We purchased this fine example in France and it dates to the 1770's period.
It is beautifully made from cut crystal glass with chamfered shoulders and hand cut decoration which is then painted with gold; the gold then over applied with polychrome red and green. The hand cut scene depicts an exotic bird plucking fruit. The design is identical on the front and reverse. Complete with original glass stopper that is not removable and original smelling salts contents.
Smelling salts were regularly carried during the 18th century to revive a person who was feeling faint ( ammonia based salts) and of course perfumed salts were to help mask nasty aromas ( of which there were plenty).
Size: 5.5" high by 1.75" at its widest shoulder point.
Condition: Very good considering its vast 250 year age nut not perfect. Please note that the glass stopper does not come out. There is a chip to one side of the glass stopper. Some of the gilt decoration has rubbed away to one side only through usage.
This is a fabulous example of an 18th century scent flask. Its flat, bevelled shape is extremely tactile. One cannot help but wonder who the original owner was and what sights they saw in 18th century France!!
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