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    17th century English silver scent bottle of Cupid

    17th century English silver scent bottle of Cupid "JE LE PRÉFÈRE"

    $2,600 (approx conversion from £2100)

    Item details

    This is a beautifully engraved late 17th century English silver Scent Bottle made in the form of a pilgrim flask, with an attached suspension ring and chains. The face depicts Cupid with his bow and quiver of arrows, holding aloft a heart in his hand, above inscribed in Roman capitals "IE LE PREFAIRE" (JE LE PRÉFÈRE) for "I PREFER IT" in French. The inscription would suggest the original contents to have been an expensive French perfume or scent, the workmanship is however English. The depiction of Cupid (or amorini) would indicate this bottle as having been intended as Valentine's gift. An excellent example, intact and with the original stopper with a hand-cut screw thread in good working condition.

    OBJECT:  Scent bottle

    CULTURE: Stuart, Baroque.

    DATE: c. 1660 - 1690 AD

    MATERIAL: Silver

    WEIGHT: 24.63 grams

    SIZE: 59.3mmx x 35.6mm x 20.3mm

    PROVENANCE: Formerly in a UK private collection, Leeds.

    Code
    12112
    Period
    17th Century, Stuart period, Renaissance

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