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Scent bottle

Factory:
Vienna
Factory director:
Du Paquier period (1718–1744)
Date:
ca. 1730
Culture:
Austrian, Vienna
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain, gold
Dimensions:
Height: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.60.235
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 540
Medieval travelers used leather pilgrim flasks to transport water. The form was appropriated in later centuries for large, opulent examples made in silver or glass. Employed on small scale, it was an appropriate choice for a luxury object intended to hold an expensive fragrance. This example is embellished with low-relief decoration, including shells and chinoiserie figures, and ornamental strapwork.
János Graf Pálffy ; Heinrich Rothberger , Vienna (probably sold before March 1938) ; H. Backer , London ; Jack and Belle Linsky , New York (by 1949–82; to MMA)
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