Perfume Bottle with Stopper

Production date
Circa 1870
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Object detail

Perfume bottle with stopper. Bottle consists of clear, cut glass, with a ten-sided circular upper section with straight vertical sides leading to a curved body. Body features ten semi-circular decorations evenly spaced around the circumference of the bottle; each decoration is an alternating amber colouring and cross-hatching (diamond cut) decoration. Base cut in a geometric design producing numerous raised glass feet, feet multi coloured and interspaced with cross-hatching. Mouth ornamented in silver. Stopper silver with cork base, in shape of flower bud.
CH classification PERSONAL TOILETRIES Cosmetics perfume bottle
Production date
Circa 1870
Production place
H82 x Dia100 mm
Media/Materials description
Glass, Silver
History and use
This ornate perfume bottle is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine glassware and ceramics. It is Bohemian glass, made circa 1870, and features multicoloured glass feet beneath a clear and amber-coloured glass bowl. The lid includes a silver, flower-shaped stopper.

Ronalds migrated to Australia in 1911 from England, having served an apprenticeship in the glass trade. In Brisbane, he worked with Oxlades glaziers before opening the Decorative Glass Company in West End in 1924. The company carried out glazing work but also stocked glassware and ceramics. In the post-war years Ronalds won his first big glazing contracts – the M.L.C. Building at the corner of Adelaide and Edward Streets, Brisbane, and the South Brisbane Auxiliary Hospital (now the Princess Alexandra Hospital). His success eventually allowed him to carry out his desire to collect Royal Worcester porcelain. Over his lifetime Ronalds acquired a world-standard collection of Royal Worcester and comparative pieces from other ceramics and glassware manufacturers. His collection of over 800 pieces was donated to the Queensland Museum in 1976.
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