Lavish vermeil (gilt over silver) mounts adorn this marvelous example from the period of Napoleon III (dating between 1850-1870. It originates from a private flacon collection in Paris.
Scent bottles were used extensively during the 18th and 19th centuries. Perfumes were custom made, and the wealthy would purchase very fine flacons or bottles to hold the expensive essence. These bottles also held smelling salts for the more delicate nose.
The glass flacon has a pretty fluted form. The glass is hand blown and thick. The bottom vermeil (gilt over silver) mount follows the flutes of the glass. There is an interior design of arabesques which adds to the visual depth on each raised flute. The shoulder mount repeats this same fluted design. It cascades in length, short to long on either side. The mouth repeats the arabesque design as well. It is finely formed for holding the glass bouchon stopper. The vermeil lid opens and closes with a hinge. The round finial top is chases with floating flowers. There is a smaller finial atop the larger one ornamented with a single flower. At the bottom of the bottle is a very small globe finial.
It measures 4 1/2" tall, 1 3/8" wide at the fullest part of the tear shape of bottle. It is in spectacular antique condition: the vermeil retains it's brilliant patina, the hinge of the lid works properly, there are no cracks or chips in glass, (some bubbles can be detected in the hand blown glass, there are a few visible smelling salts which adhere to the inside of the bottle). The glass bouchon is in very good condition.
It is a luxurious and very beautiful scent flacon with vermeil mounts, which is rarely found (silver is more common).
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