THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS – SCENT BOTTLES COMING UP FOR AUCTION 13TH FEBRUARY

. January 12, 2013

Part two of a vast collection of antique scent bottles is to be offered at auction in Lichfield on 13th February and is expected to draw worldwide interest.

The lifetime collection amassed by a local client comprises hundreds of the tiny bottles. Part one was sold in November last year and part two includes over twenty five Lots hand-picked for the auction.

In the nineteenth century the use of scents was all the rage. Beautiful and expensive vessels were made to contain the delicate scents ranging from glass and enamel to silver. Scent bottles became a status symbol for the well to do Victorian lady and gentleman.

Represented in part two of are vessels mainly dating from the nineteenth century, although there is a jasper dip variation from the eighteenth century. Highlights include a ceramic bottle simulated as a bird egg and a rare novelty silver example in the shape of a bottle. There are a number of glass examples in the shape of opera glasses and an unusual example incorporating a vinaigrette by the celebrated London firm Mordan & Co.

The most desirable are two exquisite cameo glass examples made in Stourbridge in the 1880’s. The first is citrine coloured and of cylindrical shape with Mordan & Co silver mounts. The second is a teardrop shaped example carved in high relief with flowers tinted ruby and comes complete in the original fitted case.

The collection is being offered by Richard Winterton Auctioneers in their 13th February Fine Art Sale in Lichfield City Centre. To coincide a series of special valuation days for scent bottles and cameo glass articles are being held.

Contact the Auctioneers for further details on 01543 251081 or visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk

Category: Auction News

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