- Museum number
Rock-crystal scent-bottle, the body carved out of a single piece of stone, curved in shape to echo a bean, with separate stopper. Signed on base.
- Production date
- 1981 (designed and made)
Height: 45 millimetres
Width: 63 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This bottle was designed and made in 1981 to hold an eighth of an ounce of Elsa Peretti's perfume, which she had worked on for four years. One thousand examples were carved and numbered (this is no. 817) in conjunction with the launch of the perfume.
Peretti's hardstone carving is all done by Chinese carvers in Hong Kong. The Chinese have long excelled in the carving of hardstones. Peretti's scent-bottle echoes the Chinese hardstone snuff-bottle, made to be held in the hand, exquisitely decorated and highly prized in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 1 May-2010 31 Jan, London, BM, Room 2, 'Elsa Peretti: Jewellery and objects for Tiffany & Co.'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Valuation is 2009 retail price
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number