Perfume Bottle, Tiffany & Co. (1837–present), Gold, agate, yellow sapphires, dementoid garnets, red garnets, and amethyst, American

Perfume Bottle

Maker:
Tiffany & Co. (1837–present)
Designer:
Designed by Paulding Farnham (1859–1927)
Date:
ca. 1893
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Gold, agate, yellow sapphires, dementoid garnets, red garnets, and amethyst
Dimensions:
3 5/8 x 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 in., 212.9 Grams (9.2 x 4.8 x 4.8 cm, 6.845 Troy Ounces)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Gift of The Duchesse de Mouchy, 1965
Accession Number:
65.143
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
Honey is the thematic scheme of this unique vessel. The agate body suggests the cell-like shape and waxen material of the honeycomb; the diagonal pattern, its texture. The lid's surface features honeysuckle leaves, honeybees, and bumblebees. This small object was one of the jewels of the Tiffany & Company display at the Chicago Exposition of 1893.
Inscription: [lightly scratched on bezel of bottle to right of hinge]: DNW(?- scratched through) 1594

Marking: [on underside of cover]: [Tiffany mark for World's Columbian Exposition] / TIFFANY / & CO.
Duchesse de Talleyrand, France; her granddaughter, the Comtesse Diane Castellane (formerly The Duchesse de Mouchy), France, until 1965.