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St. James's Italian Comedy Scent Bottle

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Dates Circa 1755
Medium Porcelain
Origin England
Description A fine St James’s Italian Comedy scent bottle modelled as Harlequin and Columbine; the seated columbine holds her hand aloft with a goblet of red wine above her head and a wine bottle in her other hand. Harlequin with a black mask, stands by her side holding a sliced-open watermelon. A pecking bird sitting on a bunch of grapes surrounded by leaves forms the stopper. The receptacle at the back is formed as a tree stump encrusted with leaves. Typical flower painting to her skirt, including two red cherries. Green mound base, the underside painted with a typical green circular motif with flowers in the centre.

9cm High

Condition Restoration to the top of the tree stump at the point where the stopper arrives, some leaves restored and a small chip to the tip of her nose filled.
Literature G.E. Bryant, The Chelsea Porcelain Toys, p.92, pl.25, no.4.
Meyer Sassoon Collection, Sotheby’s 1965, lot 57.