Cameo Scent Bottle with Ivy, in Original Presentation Box

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Cameo Scent Bottle with Ivy, in Original Presentation Box

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Object Name: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Ivy, in Original Presentation Box
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
(ab) Scent Bottle with Cap H: 6.6 cm, W: 4.4 cm, D: 2.5 cm; (c) Original Box H: 5.5 cm, W: 8.9 cm, D: 10.4 cm
On Display
about 1888
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ennion Society
Web Description: 
When Philip Pargeter (English, 1826–1906) and John Northwood (English, 1836–1902) unveiled their glass replica (92.2.7) of the famous ancient Roman Portland Vase, they set off massive demand for carved cameo glass in Victorian England. With rising consumer demand, companies competed to perfect the cameo technique and economize production for a broader market. The glasshouse of Thomas Webb & Sons was the most prolific, accomplished, and innovative of those producers. Founded in 1837 by Thomas Webb (English, 1804–1869), the firm that became Thomas Webb & Sons was based in Amblecote, just north of Stourbridge. Thomas’ three sons, under the leadership of Thomas Wilkes Webb (English, 1837–1891), took over the business upon their father’s death. The firm recruited and trained a large team of artists and craftsmen, including many from abroad, whose skills and reputation produced highly sophisticated and desirable cameo glass. This diverse collection of cameo-carved scent bottles showcases the range of cameo glass production by Webb & Sons, from plainer two-color bottles of a standard decoration and shape (for example 2016.2.4 and .5) to more complex and unusual pieces like the gourd-shaped 2016.2.6 and monkey-decorated 2016.2.14. These delicate bottles would have been sold to consumers of the growing Victorian middle classes at fashionable new department stores, such as Tiffany & Co. in New York and Harrod’s in London. For more information on 19th-century cameo glass, see Christopher Woodall Perry, The Cameo Glass of Thomas and George Woodall, Somerset: Richard Dennis, 2000; S.M. Goldstein, L.S. Rakow, and J.K. Rakow. Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking. Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass, 1982; Ray Grover and Lee Grover, English Cameo Glass, New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980.
Jacobson, Susan Kaplan, Source
Stamped (b) along inside rim of cap
[indecipherable symbols, including an anchor, stamped over one another] / S STERLING
Stamped (a) around neck
(c) on base of box in white
From the / Galleries / of / Art Ceramics & Glass / Tho.s Webb & Sons Ltd / MELBOURNE
Stamped (c) on interior of both lids in gold
Engraved (b) on top of cap
Primary Description: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Ivy, in Original Presentation Box. (a) Translucent dark amber (appearing dark purple or black) and white glasses, silver; cased, blown, carved, assembled. Flattened circular white on translucent dark amber (appearing dark purple or black) glass scent bottle. Bottle decorated with ivy leaves and vines suspended from top area of bottle. Sliver neck with threading at top fixed to top of bottle. (b) Silver flattened globular cap with "HH" monogram on top. Cork fixed within top of cap. (c) Original wood presentation box with black leather exterior and gold velvet interior. Box has two hinged lids that clasp together in center with metal mounts.
English Cameo Glass (1980) illustrated, p. 264, fig. C208; BIB# 20952