Perfume Container in Shape of Bird with Stopper

Object Name: 
Perfume Container in Shape of Bird with Stopper

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Object Name: 
Perfume Container in Shape of Bird with Stopper
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
54.1.160
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 10.2 cm; L (max): 21.1 cm; W (max): 9.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1800-1825
Primary Description: 
Opalescent white, with opaque pink and orangey red enamels, and gilding; Blown (three gathers),applied, and ground; enameled and gilded. The object is a container in the form of a bird, with a stopper. The head is hollow. It has a small pouring hole in the beak and a semicircular crest, made by pinching, at the back. The body, which is also hollow, is roughly egg-shaped, but it tapers toward the tail. The bird has two rudimentary legs with flat feet, each made from a separate bit, with a third short "leg" and foot toward the tail. The wings are represented by horizontal trails extending from below the head almost to the tail. The trails were crimped to produce a corrugated effect. The tail, which was made from a separate bit, is flat and shaped like a fan. The object is filled through an opening in the middle of the back. The opening has a short, bulbous neck and a large, rounded rim made trailing. The mouth is closed by a stopper with a globular knop. The mouth of the bird, the three feet, and the stopper were finished by grinding. The bird almost completely covered with gilded and enameled ornament. The enamel on head, body, tail, and feet is pink, while that on the wings is orangey red. The head has short parallel lines and spots to indicate feathers and large round eyes with double outlines. The mouth and the centers of the eyes are gilded. The body has an overall pattern of overlapping semicircular scales, which are outlined in pink and contain gilded lines of varying lengths that resemble the barbs of a feather. Similar groups of lines adorn the wings. The upper surface of the tail has a schematic pattern of feathers, the two front feet have schematic claws, and there is simple, frond-like decoration below the rim. The top of the rim is gilded.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Carlebach Gallery, Source
1954-05-04
Category: 
Glass of the Sultans
Venue(s)
Benaki Museum
Corning Museum of Glass
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Glass of the Sultans (2001) illustrated, p. 293, #148; BIB# 68105