Trompe L'oeil Sterling "Oil Paint Tube" Perfume Bottle
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: 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”.
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