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- Performed by Tokalon
- Dimensions height: box: 10.5 cm; bottle: 9.5 cm
- ID no. FZRS/67
- Availability private collection
- Collector Katarzyna Sosenko / Collection of the Sosenko Family Foundation
- Object copyright Katarzyna Sosenko
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
Made of colourless glass, the perfume bottle has the surprising shape of a castle. The stopper, made of gilded glass, constitutes its roof. The style of the castle’s architectural form is the so-called French costume – a neo-Renaissance style with elements of Baroque, characteristic of the 2nd half of the 19th century.more
Made of colourless glass, the perfume bottle has the surprising shape of a castle. The stopper, made of gilded glass, constitutes its roof. The style of the castle’s architectural form is the so-called French costume – a neo-Renaissance style with elements of Baroque, characteristic of the 2nd half of the 19th century.
The original trompe l’oeil box has been adapted to the shape of the castle and made of cardboard with black paintings on a gilded background. The paintings on the box’s exterior depict a decorative metal castle gate inside a neo-Renaissance portico, embedded in the castle wall. A plaque with writing, stylized to resemble an old architectural inscription: “PARFUM / DE MON CHATEAU” is visible above the gate. Above it, an armorial cartouche divided in half, into a green and red field, outlined with a diamond and circle respectively, has been situated. The lid of the box, opened from the top, reveals the bottom with a ribbon with a stylized inscription “PARFUM / DE MON CHATEAU” on it.
After the lid has been revealed, the side walls of the box unfold, creating the castle’s surroundings, in line with the slogan entre cour et jardin [French for between the courtyard and the garden]. At the bottom of the box, a balustrade of the palace’s terrace with an impressive staircase, on which the glass bottle in the shape of a castle is supposed to stand, has been painted on the cardboard. Behind the balustrade (at the back of the box), a panoramic view of the palace garden stretches out. In front of the palace terrace, on the unfolded front wall of the box, an imitation of a garden fountain is painted in the impressive courtyard captured in almost perfect perspective. In front of the fountain, a ribbon with the inscription “CHATEAU D’AZUR / PRÈS NICE” is visible.
Elaborated by Katarzyna Sosenko (Collection of the Sosenko Family Foundation), Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums,
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.