Scent Bottle with Chinoiserie Decoration

Object Name: 
Scent Bottle with Chinoiserie Decoration

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Object Name: 
Scent Bottle with Chinoiserie Decoration
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Overall H: 4.4 cm, W: 1.5 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Helen Mayer in memory of her husband, John
Primary Description: 
Scent Bottle with Chinoiserie Decoration. Opaque white lead glass, metal alloy; blown, cut, enameled, and gilded. (a) Straight-sided shape with square cross-section; short, cylindrical neck, with cut threading on the exterior (to fit c), and rough ground for a stopper (b); rounded shoulders with gilt and red-orange arrows; the flat faces decorated in chinoiserie style, two with standing male figures, one in knee britches placing a tree on a pedestal, the other in Oriental dress, with a pagoda in the background; another with a European woman seated in a landscape, with distant gilt pavilion; the fourth side with a figure in a pagoda; the corners with cut triangular facets, outlined in gilding; flat bottom with chamfered edges. (b) Tapered, ground shank; flattened, oval stopper. (c) Gold; cylindrical, straight-sided shape, with spiral ribs on the sides and top; ribbed rim; threading on the inside.
Mayer, Helen, Source
In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s
Corning Museum of Glass 2021-05-22 through 2022-01-02
In 2020, the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) will present In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s; an exhibition exploring the role of glass, light and reflectivity in eighteenth-century social life. In the 1700s, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of sociability, scientific advancement, trade, and finance. From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social rituals and cultural values of the period. While new innovations in glass delighted the wealthy, the material also bore witness to the ambitions of colonization and the horrors of the African slave trade. Glass beads were traded for human lives and elegant glass dishes, baskets and bowls held sweet delicacies made with sugar produced by enslaved labor. Underpinning Britain’s prosperity were aggressive foreign trade policies, colonization and a far-reaching economy of enslavement, the profits of which funded the pleasures and innovations of the fashionable world. Beginning in the intimate setting of a private dressing room, with a magnificent silver gilt dressing service made for the Duchess of Portland in about 1700, learn about how the elite prepared themselves for a night of revelry and entertainment. See the dazzling clothes and accessories worn by the ‘polished’ individual and understand the rules that governed how they behaved. Enter a specially commissioned virtual reality reconstruction of the remarkable and innovative glass-paneled drawing room designed for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in 1775, an interior that hasn’t been seen for nearly 200 years. Become immersed in the glittering nightlife of British elite and feel the tension between the exuberance of the fashionable world and the human cost of such sparkling company. Through a lens of glass, see what it meant to be ‘modern’ in the 1700s, and what it cost.
In Sparkling Company: Reflections on Glass in the 18th-century British World (2020) illustrated, pp. 166-167 (fig. 119);
For Milady's Dressing Table: Scent Bottles & Accessories (2006-06) illustrated, p. 10; BIB# AI71266
Corning: Un Musee de verre Unique au Minde (1990) p. 41;