This is a bewitching example of French opaline, in the much loved brilliant blue hue. It originates from Paris and dates from 1860-1880.
The glass of French opaline is hand blown and has a high lead content (defining it as semi-crystal) which gives the appearance of opaqueness and translucence at the same time.
This example has an elegant shape, with a narrow neck and a very round bottom. The delicate hand-painted gilt design around the bottom and the stopper features charming leaves and vines. The leaves are filled by hand painted white enamel.The veins of the leaves and details of the vines and grapes are delicately accented in hand applied gilt. The neck narrows and flares to a wide lip. The bouchon or stopper has a gumdrop shape and is accented by hand-painted white arabesques, accented in gilt.
The bottle measures 3 7/8" tall to the stopper. The circumference of the bottom around widest edge is 7 1/2". It survives in very good antique condition. There are small bits of enamel which have worn away with time. There are bubbles in the glass as it is hand blown. The bouchon/stopper bottom has some chipping which is normal and expected with age.
Antique French Blue Opaline Scent Bottle