Venetian Murano Aventurine Glass Scent Bottle with 4 Portrait Canes - Pietro Bigaglia
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An early Murano glass scent bottle in bright turquoise blue, with swirling flecks of golden aventurine, and stretched, dispersing islands of metallic silver. This little bottle was made with four clear portrait canes (there are a couple of broken faces floating around as well). Two of these clear faces are dark-skinned with prominent red lips, one is a golden, winged lion holding an inscribed tablet, and the last is a man with a white beard wearing an Arabian headdress. I think it's likely that these figures are Biblical (Noah & Ham)?
This perfume bottle has a brass, floral embossed collar and domed cap; it is outfitted with a short ball chain and twisted ring, so that it could be worn on a lady's chatelaine. A lovely and rarely found object— these little bottles are magical in hand. Probably made by Pietro Bigaglia. Dates to the 1840s.
Glass has no cracks, chips or moons. Any dark lines are part of the original manufacture. The lid and hinge are functioning with a moderate amount of play. The hinge pin could be lightly tapped in by a jeweler, if desired. Inner glass stopper is missing.
Measures approx 2 3/8" tall x 1 1/2" wide at the widest point.