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....

 

Bristol Blue Decanters

High quality cobalt oxide from Saxony was used to create the distinctive rich blue glass from Bristol, known as Bristol...

 

 

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...

 

Perfume Étuis

The 18th century saw the proliferation of pocket-sized nécessaires, often called étuis, with miniature items, such as sewing kits, writing kits, and tiny toilettes that included scent vials. A perfume étui contains only bottles for perfume, and sometimes a tiny funnel for...

 

 

Various Oddments

Ladies’ Pocket Books

Pocket Books served the purpose of the pre-cell phone Day Timer, where you would note appointments in the calendar, keep track of expenses, and perhaps tuck inside other notes, memos, papers, or...

 

“Grand Tour” Plaster Cameos

Plaster cameo sets afforded the traveler the opportunity to bring back miniature replicas of all the art masterpieces he experienced while in...