Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Perfume bottle

Possibly by Jasper Fysher (ca. 1568–1585)
foot 1577/78, body ca. 1585
British, London
Silver gilt
Height: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
This may originally have served as a powder horn, which could have been suspended from a cord passed through the holes formed by the tail of the dragon at each side of the neck. The pierced cover and foot were added later to adapt it to the function of a perfume sprinkler.
Marking: [1] leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] lion passant guardant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] u in pointed shield (date letter for 1577–78);
[4] IF, probably, in square outline, (maker's mark, indistinct) (marked over the repoussé

Location of marks:
[1]–[4] on upper edge of foot rim

The four hall marks are struck over the egg and dart ornament of the top face of the foot rim.
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. until 1959; sold December 22, 1959 to Irwin Untermyer ] ; Irwin Untermyer (1959–68; to MMA)
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