A Rare and Pretty George IV Gold and Enamel Scent Bottle in Original Case

Alexander Strachan
circa 1825
1 1/2 in, (3.8 cm)

The body of slightly flattened baluster form with hinged cap and applied with rococo revival scrolls, leaves flowers and exotic birds, enamelled in a variety of colours. The sides attached with two chains connected to a finger ring and the base formed as a seal with a vacant bloodstone matrix. Complete with original fitted red leather case.

9250 GBP

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This charming gold and enamel scent bottle was almost certainly made by Alexander Strachan principally because the original box still has its label “Storr and Mortimer...No.33 New Bond St. ...Factory 17 Harrison St... Grays Inn Rd.” It is known that Strachan supplied Mssrs Rundell, Bridge and Rundell with a number of gold boxes and because of Paul Storr’s previous connection with that firm it would be highly likely that they would have commissioned Strachan, the most prominent gold worker of the period. Arthur Grimwade in London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 actually describes him as “the Paul Storr of Gold Boxes”

Similarly, the use of restrained enamel and rococo style chased scrolls is used on a fully marked box by Strachan dated 1835-6 and illustrated in Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth- Century Gold Boxes of Europe, (London 1966) plate 490. Furthermore the use of exotic birds not only features in this box and the scent bottle but also in a box that appeared at Bonhams, Fine Silver and Gold Boxes, 13th November, 2013, lot 3 attributed to Strachan.