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Rare Early 18th Century Continental Silver Vinaigrette / Pomander C.1700

Ref: CA2080 / LA162778

£449

$579 - €520

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Description

This is a fabulous and rare survivor from the early 18th century, circa 1700 - 1720.
This attractive little box is an early form of vinaigrette or pomander and would of contained forms of perfume such as fragrant herbs, ambergris or scented resins.
The box is round in form and made in two parts, with the lid simply pushing into place.
The lid has been decorated in the repousse manner and has chased detailing to the upper side - as can be seen in the images, this takes the form of foliage, a bird and what appears to be a pomegranate.
Around the outside edge of the lid is a decorative frill border, which seems to be a common feature on these types of early boxes.
Importantly, the silver has been pierced through so that the enclosed scent can be accessed without removing the lid.

Sanitation and general hygiene in the 16th century through to the 19th century was a world away from what it is now, and the putrid stench of streets awash with waste and general detritus meant that devices such as this were essential for ladies and gents of standing.
A waft under the nose might prevent a lady 'falling into a swoon'.

The inside of the box shows traces of its original gilding, put there primarily as a protection for the silver from any potential corrosive qualities of the perfume - this gilding is more apparent to the inside of the lid.

As is commonly seen with these early vinaigrette's, there are no marks whatsoever to the silver.
I actually took some specialist advice from an expert in early silver and it was his opinion that the piece was either Dutch or German, with him actually favouring it being German on account of the style of repousee work.
The advised date of the item is circa 1700 - 1720, though some similar examples have an earlier attribution of circa 1680.

The box measures 5cm x 5cm x 1cm.

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about the item.


Measurements

Height : 1 cm

Width : 5 cm

Depth : 5 mm

Weight : 13.6 g

Declaration

Century Antiques has clarified that the Rare Early 18th Century Continental Silver Vinaigrette / Pomander C.1700 (CA2080 / LA162778) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1700.

Condition

The condition all round is excellent for its age. There are some minor contact pin head sized bumps to the underside, plus an extremely minor edge knock to the rim of the base (see picture 9). There are no splits or repairs to the silver. The lid fits on snugly and retains a good shape. Naturally, the detail to the chased design has softened over the years through polishing and handling. All round a very nice and rare example for a collector.

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