Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Exquisite, Sooooo Venetian Scent Bottle

Nineteenth Century beauty, in this lovely 5-inch scent bottle. The color is deep, "yellow ochre" from the artist's color palette, transparent, and with tiny, included flecks of gold throughout the entire piece. Wonderfully ribbed in a pattern which begins at the center base, flaring, and then narrowing again, at the neck of the bottle. The bulbous body is captioned by a foot of ochre roping, also included with gold. The tightly ribbed, double-turban stopper is intricately hand-tooled with textured petals all around; tiny attached prunts, appearing as "jewels of amber," encircle the largest turban; and it is topped with a large, attached ochre bead of glass at the crown.

Perfumes of less ornate and intricate styles are more common, while pieces of this type are considered scarce and desirable. Often the bottle, itself, may be found, although the original stopper may be missing. Be certain, also, to check the dauber of the stopper which should reach well past the center mark of the body, and often completely to the inside base. Dating is from the Mid-to-Late 19th Century, undoubtedly by one of the finest glass houses of Murano, Italy.

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