- Museum number
Scent-bottle; soft-paste porcelain; glassy and highly translucent; slip-moulded; faceted form, pear-shaped body; small flared foot and long neck; stopper missing; painted in green, blue, red, yellow, pink and black with Chinese style landscape with fence on one side and stylised bird in tree on other, with scattered flower sprays; unmarked.
- Production date
Height: 7.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1987
The form of this scent-bottle, and indeed its decoration which includes in the palette used a highly unusual shade of blue, both bear a close similarity to contemporary English glass.
The scent-bottle was attributed by Hobson (1905) to the Chelsea factory; more recent suggestions that it might have been made at Lund's Bristol factory or perhaps during the earliest period at Worcester can now be discounted: scientific analysis confirms that the body is not of the soapstone or bone-ash type, but is a 'glassy' soft porcelain, probably with a relatively low lead and relatively high lime content (Ref: BMRL 28458U).
Literature: H. Read, 'Cross-currents in English Porcelain, Glass and Enamels, Transactions of the English Porcelain Circle, no. IV (1932), pl. II b and pp. 11-12
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 Jun 10-Jun 15, London, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd, 'International Ceramics Fair and Seminar'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number