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- Place of creation England
- ID no. FZRS/79
- 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
The presented bottles have been made of precious materials, they are engraved and wrought using the technique of repoussage. They have the style of perfume bottles for men, hence their more modest character. Nevertheless, they are ornamented using techniques such as engraving, polishing and repoussage. Crystal bottles were often personalized by placing a monogram on them, which often adopted the fancy form of a complex ornament. Silver was tested for its fineness and usually came from well-known jewellery factories.
The entire surfaces of the vessels’ bodies are decorated with a complex, dense, chequered lapidary geometrical pattern. The casings of the bottles’ stoppers have been made of silver and adorned with repoussé patterns. Gorham was an English goldsmith brand. The beauty of the bottles lies in the glimmer of crystal prisms and polishing, which made them transparent, revealing the colour of the perfumes inside.
The silver casing of the stopper for the spherical bottle is punched: the initials “W.D.”, a maker’s mark with an anchor, a maker’s mark “lion passant” and a maker’s mark with the letter C.
The silver casing of the stopper for the round, flattened bottle is also punched, but illegible.
The silver stopper of the larger vial has been punched with the goldsmith’s signs and the names “GORHAM” and “STERLING,” between which the sign of an anchor, the letter “G” G and one unidentified sign have been placed. The number “R-3166” has been engraved below.
The silver casing of the stopper for the smaller vial is illegibly punched at the edge.
The casing of the stoppers for the spherical bottle with a floral ornament and the stopper for the round, flattened bottle are decorated with diagonal striping. On the larger vial, the casing is smooth and has a bulbous shape with a subtle engraving at the top. On the smaller one, the casing has been decorated with a rocaille ornament and vegetal tendrils. Inside the metal casing, a stopper with a spherical glass handle has been plugged into the neck. The decorations on the glass prove that the bottles were made in a high-class workshop.
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.