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Trompe L'oeil Sterling "Oil Paint Tube" Perfume Bottle

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The phrase “trompe l’oeil” literally means “fool the eye”. Typically used in paintings, it is an optical illusion which uses very realistic imagery. Here we have a superb and life-like sterling silver rendering of a tube of oil paint which is in actuality a perfume bottle or flacon. Please note the dimpled effect as if the tube was already squeezed to spread color onto the palette of a painter. The ridge cap, attached to a chain and bar fitting is removable and unscrews from the tube. The piece can be suspended for a most dramatic pendant.

Provenance: From a private New York collection of perfumes and perfume accessories which The Three Graces has purchased.

Date: Circa 1900.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: Tube is 3-1/4 inches (8.1 cm) by 7/8 of an inch (2.2 cm) at the widest. Chain is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) in length and bar is 1-5/16 inches (3.3 cm) in length. Weight of 19.5 grams (12.5 dwt).

Hallmarks: “Sterling”; flower mark; “5903”.

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: American.

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