The Wallace Collection

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Scent Bottle case
  • Scent Bottle case
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • England
  • c. 1750 - 1760
  • Gold, enamel and bloodstone, engraved, chiselled and chased
  • Object size: 2.3 x 6.2 x 3.2 cm
    Weight: 37.4 g
  • Seal: Monogram 'MMH' with a Marquess's coronet impression in the seal.
    Label: 'N'
    Inscription: 'E … Lep …' possibly Ellen Lepers Scratched
  • G15
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • The absence of any hallmarks makes this scent-bottle case unlikely to be French as has previously been suggested. The closest parallel are English, London-made watch-cases. A delightful, if idiosyncratic, aspect of the enamel decoration is that flowers such as roses, curiously blue daffodils and forget-me-nots all grow from the same stem.
    The bloodstone seal matrix on the base, with its engraved monogram ‘MHM’ beneath an English marquess’s coronet, is a later addition and the most obvious interpretation is that this was put on, perhaps as a replacement, for a Marquess of Hertford. Rather than housing sealing wax, however, the case would originally have contained a velvet lining and a glass scent-bottle, both of which are now missing.