Scent bottles are a widely indulged area of collecting with many having specifics of what they look for in a scent bottle; so this rather unusual Bohemian offering may tick a few boxes. It is latter half of the 19th century in date and at this time one needn’t look further than Bohemia (Czechoslovakia, Austria, Southern Germany) for some of the worlds most exuberant and high quality glass. Names at the time include Moser, Harrach, Loetz and many more. We can’t say with any degree of confidence that this scent can be attributed to any of them but certainly comes from the same stable.
Cast in a rich cobalt blue (the continental equivalent of Bristol???) it has an unusual but eye-catching octagonal form: that is to say it is essentially a bulb shape but with 8 sided cut panels. Cleverly, these panels alternate with the “underside” panels set between the main body panels. There is a substantial knop, again panelled, leading to a circular recessed collar. From this emerges, like the phoenix, a similarly panelled but very elegant steeple stopper. Some elements of this may suggest a hint of art deco but the style and weight of the glass place it earlier in history. This is a fabulous piece which works best well illuminated.
Given its age; unsurprisingly there may be one or two “flea-bites” on what may be called the more vulnerable areas of the bottle, however barring this and some general evidence of use it is in remarkable condition. The stopper is “good” as we say in the trade, and definitely no chips, cracks or other damage
- Including stopper, stands a little over 7 inches (18 cm) high
- Stopper on own 3.5 inches (8.5 cm)
- Body 4.5 inches (11.5 cm)
- base diameter 2.25 inches (6 cm)
- 3.5 inches (9.5 cm) widest point
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