Small perfume bottle in turquoise opaline with its ball shaped cork. A wreath of roses, anemones and forget-me in gold and dark blue is surounded by golden stripes, stylized foliage and little stars. Golden nets adorn the bottle and the neck of this bottle and a rosette and petals, its cork. Extremely fine, this decoration was executed by Jean-Baptiste Desvignes. Light wear to the gold.
By 1820, the technical progress of the glass industry marks the history of the opaline which sees appearing new decorations and forms such as the « cone » vasses, round flasks, sweet boxes, cellars and other fancy objects. The ormolu mounts are finely chiselled with Restoration and Empire patterns such as dolphins, swans, doves and pigeons drinking in a cup. However, Jean-Baptiste Desvignes found a way to painte the opal crystal and glass. He used vegetable colours that he glued on the opal crystal. The dull tones were limited to dark blue and red. The gilding dominated, in subtil linear palmettes, flowers and garlands patterns. Desvignes also run small illustrative scenes inspired by the fables of La Fontaine, delicately coloured in blue, green, ocher, purple, with gold or silver stains.
Bibliography: Edith Mannoni, Opalines, Paris, Editions Ch. Massin, pp. 31-43 ; J. Bedel, « Cristal aux couleurs romantiques... l'Opaline », L'Estampille/L’Objet d’art, 1975, n°63, p 23.
Dim: W: 3,9 in - D: 3,9in - H: 4,7in.
Dim: L:10cm, P:10cm, H:12cm.
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