Antique Silver Perfume Bottle by Sampson Mordan

Date: 1892

Maker: Sampson Mordan & Co

Country: England

Stock Number: 8241

A delightful silver cylinder scent bottle, with a hinged flip top and glass stopper. In the original box. The bottle is finely engraved in the Kate Greenaway style, with two little girls sitting on a fence, the background decoration in aesthetic style features butterflies and flowers. Original gilt interior. The gilt exterior is worn. Height 5.4 cms. Diameter 2.1 cms. London 1892. Maker Sampson Mordan & Co.

Literature: Kate Greenaway was a prolific illustrator of children's' books, born in Hoxton in 1846, the daughter of an daughter of a draughtsman and engraver, John Greenaway. She popularised a style of drawing that is instantly recognisable as hers - delicate watercolours of children with animals and birds in the English countryside.

Between 1882 – 1884 Greenaway pictures appeared on Mordan scent bottles almost always with children in the foreground and a house or church in the background.

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