Silver vinaigrette in the shape of a harp, France, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in France
maker:
Unknown

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Silver gilt vinaigrette in the form of a harp, stem and sides enamelled with blue and floral and pastoral decoration, with perforated inner cover, probably French, probably 18th century

Vinaigrettes were small, often ornamental containers filled with vinegar. If a person was about to faint, the sharp smell of the vinegar would shock the body into action. They could also carry sweet smelling substances and be used as pomanders. They were carried by both men and women. This ornate gilt silver example is enamelled with a floral and rural scene, showing a couple courting in a garden. The lid is hinged to allow the container to be filled.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A642285
Materials:
enamel, gold and silver
type:
vinaigrette
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle