Pair, Royal Vienna Porcelain Perfume Bottles, Painted Cupids C.1890. This beautiful and unique pair of porcelain scent bottles are completely covered with multi-colored panels and hand painted medallions on each side. The exquisite decorative paneled ground was typical for Royal Vienna porcelain in the late 1800s; however, scent bottles in this style appear to be scarce and not often found. The panels are very colorful in shades of Blue, Burgundy, Brown , a touch of Pink and a lovely Mint Green, all of which are embellished with gold bands and adorned with gold florals, flourishes and white dots.
The bottles are cylindrical in shape with a wide, flaring neck. Both bottles have a hand painted Cupid on each side, one on the front and a different one on the reverse. The two bottles are exactly the same with cupid on either side. It seems apparent the original owner wanted to be able to view both Cupids and the only way to do that was to buy two and display them side by side with each displaying a different Cupid. What a great idea that was!
The oval medallions are the framework for our enchanting Cupids and have beautiful gold borders with raised gold dots for extra sparkle. On one side Cupid has his bow in one hand, his quiver in the other hand and he’s surfing a wave on a seashell. On the reverse, Cupid is preparing his bow as he stands with one foot on land and the other in the water, with trees and greenery in the background.
SIZE: 4 ¾” high; 1 ½” across base.
MARKS: Beehive or Shield mark in blue on bottoms.
CONDITION: Very Good! Light wear to gold on the wide neck ring. A small paint flake to the bottom edge on the side of one bottle.