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Scent flask

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1896 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carlo and Arthur Giuliano (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, engraved and enamelled

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Judith H. Siegel

  • Museum number:

    M.2:1, 2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 67, shelf D, box 7 []

This superbly enamelled scent-flask in a medieval style was made in London by the workshop of Carlo and Arthur Giuliano, the sons of Carlo Giuliano. Their father died in 1895, and they took over the busingess, registering their mark in 1896. the business closed in 1914, following the death of Arthur Giuliano.

Physical description

Cylindrical scent flask, the lid and body has a pattern of octagons decorated in translucent red, green and blue enamel over an engraved ground, interspersed with small squares decorated in opaque white enamel. Black enamel frames all the octagons and squares. The octagons are painted with crosses in opaque white enamel. The top and base are decorated with radiating lobes of translucent blue enamel, each lobe finished with opaque white enamel. The gold rims of the body and the lid are engraved, and similar bands of engraving run around the top and base.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca.1896 (made)

Artist/maker

Carlo and Arthur Giuliano (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, engraved and enamelled

Dimensions

Length: 33 mm, Diameter: 10 mm

Descriptive line

Gold, engraved and enamelled, England, London, about 1896; Carlo and Arthur Giuliano

Labels and date

Scent-flask
England, London, about 1896;
Carlo and Arthur Giuliano
Gold, engraved and enamelled
Museum no. Loan:AmericanFriends.435:1,
2-2007
Lent by the American Friends of the Victoria
and Albert Museum through the generosity
of Judith H. Siegel [2008]

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Enamelling; Engraving

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Personal accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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