A Fine Late Eighteenth Century Elongated Perfume Case with Original Bottle. c. 1780.
This form of elongated and fluted enamel perfume case is extremely rare. Produced in Staffordshire towards the end of the eighteenth century, it is beautifully decorated with naturalistic painted flowers within a delicate blue frame over a white enamel ground. The lid hinges open to reveal the original long glass bottle in which the perfume would be kept. Perfume at this period was a very expensive commodity and the size of this case and bottle suggests the owner to have been someone with means. As a result it is unlikely that too many of these cases were produced.
This fine and rare enamel stands 8.5cm high, is 2.5cm at its widest point and is 2cm at its deepest. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, bearing only light wear appropriate to its age and sustance. It has no damage and no restoration.