English enamel & sterling scent & vinaigrette, c. 1808


Very unusual English enamel scent and vinaigrette, the upper a typical South Staffordshire scent of the 1780’s with silver thread and later stopper, painted with panels of figures in landscapes framed by raised gilt rococo scrolls and on a powdered pink ground, the lower foot being a Sterling silver vinaigrette with hallmarks and makers mark. Silver hallmark for Birmingham, 1808.





One similar example is shown in a 1960's 'Country Life' magazine, apart from which no other example can be found. It has been suggested that the silver vinaigrette may be a later addition, but close examination of the form of the scent shows that it has never had the usual flattened base, and has been intended to have a separate foot right from the design stage. This suggests it is from the last years of the enamel industry, when the enamelers were struggling to find novelties to appeal to a changing public taste. Certainly, these combined pieces are rare.

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