Jewelled scented bottle of white enamel and gold: 16th - 17th century

 
Jewelled scented bottle of white enamel and gold: 16th - 17th century
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Full image caption

Gold scent bottle enamelled white and set with opaline chalcedony plaques, rubies, spinels and diamonds, with a gold suspension chain. Part of the Cheapside Hoard. This richly decorated bottle was designed to contain perfume made from flower distillations and spices which were widely used to disguise unpleasant odours. One of Shakespeare's sonnets refers to a bottle of this type.

Image Details

Date
 
1570 AD - 1630 AD
Image Number
 
011547

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