Objects & Miscellaney

Ceramics & Glassware

Derby Porcelain Scent Bottles

Porcelain scent bottles were extremely popular throughout the second half of the 18th century. The charming "toys" made at the Chelsea factory were especially popular, produced in the shapes of various figures, animals, fruits, and other objects. Even while the craze for these charming items flourished, there was another more formal style of porcelain scent bottle that continued in popularity in England and on the continent....

 

Bat-Printed Porcelain

This collection features a type of ceramic ware specific to the English Regency period. Bat-printed porcelains were produced primarily between 1800 and 1820. The process of decoration was complicated and somewhat difficult, and ultimately fell out of...

 

 

Silhouettes

Painted Silhouettes

A type of silhouette popular in England during the 18th and early 19th centuries was the painted silhouette. Black painted silhouettes, known as profile miniatures, became an inexpensive alternative to the fully painted portrait...

 

Silhouette Jewelry

Silhouettes were set into all sorts of jewelry: rings, brooches, lockets, bracelets. They very popular as mourning jewelry as they could be copied and sent to friends and family of the deceased – a much more personal memento than a mourning ring. Many of the pieces shown here, especially lockets, include locks of hair, which may mark them as mourning...

 

 

Dressing Table Items

Vinaigrettes

Vinaigrettes, popular from the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, were small containers used for holding various aromatic substances, usually dissolved in vinegar. A tiny piece of sponge, soaked in the liquid, was contained beneath a grill or perforated...

 

Derby Porcelain Scent Bottles

Porcelain scent bottles were extremely popular throughout the second half of the 18th century. The charming "toys" made at the Chelsea factory were especially popular, produced in the shapes of various figures, animals, fruits, and other objects. Even while the craze for these charming items flourished, there was another more formal style of porcelain scent bottle that continued in popularity in England and on the continent....

 

 

Various Oddments

Miniature Almanacks

A series of miniature “London Almanacks” was produced by the Company of Stationers between 1690 and 1885. They were favorite Christmas gifts that could be purchased at stationers shops. From the mid-18th century, they might also be distributed by various merchants to favorite customers in appreciation of their business. They were very popular with ladies, and it is likely that dress makers, milliners, etc. gave them away as Christmas novelties. Because the materials used might include gilt-tooled leather, Venetian bindings, hand-painted silk, and marbleized...

 

Portable Writing Set

This favorite item from my collections is a miniature portable writing set, c1770. The tiny tortoiseshell box measures only 2½” by 1½” — so small it might have easily been carried in a lady’s reticule. It is lined in red velvet, and all the fittings are sterling silver. Inside is everything needed to pen a quick note, perhaps when traveling or otherwise away from pen and ink. As you can see in the image below, there is a tiny ink bottle and matching pounce bottle, with remnants of...