4 Flasks with Funnel in Wooden Box

Object Name: 
4 Flasks with Funnel in Wooden Box

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Object Name: 
4 Flasks with Funnel in Wooden Box
Accession Number: 
(A-D) Flask H (max): 15.1 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
This set of four bottles, with its combination of floral and figural ornament, is typical of the gilded and enameled decoration produced in Gujarat, India, in the 18th century. Although the ornament is Indian, the bottles themselves may be European, since the form is typical of Dutch and German mold-blown "case glasses" of the 17th and 18th centuries. The function of these brightly colored bottles is uncertain; perhaps they were intended to contain beverages or perfumed water.
Poulain le Fur, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; mold-blown, gilded, enameled; gilded brass stopper. Rectangular flasks with floral and figural decoration. Funnel with small handle. Wooden box with hinged lid, 3 brass handles and a brass lock; interior divided into sections for 4 flasks and a cavity for the funnel.
Nested Containers for Maritime Journeys: Tools of Aromatic Diplomacy Around the Late Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century Indian Ocean (2018) illustrated, p. 200; BIB# 718781
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 58; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 58; BIB# 135965
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2002 (2003) illustrated, p. 6; BIB# AI93609
Recent Important Acquisitions, 45 (2003) illustrated, Cover, frontispiece; BIB# AI59133
Art Ottoman et de l'Islam (2002) Lot 209; BIB# 74574