Featured Large Ornate Perfume Bottle - Filligree Ormolu?

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  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Is this a Ormolu Filligree perfume bottle? I know it's filligree but can I put Ormolu in title when selling it?
    I thought ormolu was a old, high end bottle but this one's metal can be bent with a little pressure - is it a knock off?
    It's pretty & big (9.5"T x 5"D x 2"w), but when a foot bent a little I thought it might be pot metal and a copy/not valuable?
    Any info would be greatly appreciated!

    PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 1AA.JPG
    PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 2AaA reduced.JPG PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 4AA.JPG PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 4A_AA.JPG PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 2AA reduced.JPG PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 3AAA.JPG PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 5AA.JPG PERFUME BOTTLE FILLIGREE ORMOLU 9AA.JPG
     
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  2. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    That's a neat find.
     
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  3. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    I think ormolu is when high carat gold is applied to bronze so I don’t think your perfume bottle is this. There seems to be different definitions but on bronze is what I understood to be accurate. Wait for others, pretty bottle though.
     
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  4. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

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  6. ascot

    ascot Well-Known Member

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  7. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    This type of bottle was hugely popular during the 60s & 70s. As you can see in the link posted by @Houseful there was all manner of matching items that you could buy for your bathroom vanity. The 2 biggest makers of this type of item were Stylebuilt & Matson.

    Keywords to search for are ormolu, filigree, or Hollywood Regency. The pieces are sometimes marked in obscure places so you may want to see if you can find anything on the metal portion.

    I see lots of cherubs but I have never seen the figure inside like the one in your bottle. Maybe @Bronwen can help out with who it might be trying to represent.
     
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  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    It's a goddess in her car (chariot). There's not much to ID her. My gut says she's more Ceres/Demeter than anyone else, but whether the artist has anyone specific in mind...

    Ormolu is a particular way of gilding bronze that has been illegal for a very long time now. This will not be ormolu.
     
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  9. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    See, I'd never call that filigree, either.
     
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  10. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    It's beveled glass
     
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  11. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

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  12. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I will look for any marks - I like Hollywood Regency Filigree Perfume Bottle for description? :)
     
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  13. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    I wonder if it was part of a dresser set with other matching items, like a casket for jewelry and a lipstick holder?
     
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  14. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the information on ormolu.

    It may not be accurate but the words ormolu & filigree are what the collectors search for when looking for these items. If you want your items to be found then you have to use the words they use in their search.

    Cleopatra's Boudoir is not a company that produces perfume bottles. She simply hosts this site about perfume bottles on the internet.

    I think the C on the glass is more or less a monogram for the original owner.

    As I said earlier & as is shown on the internet site there is all manner of this type item that could be purchased. For example one of Matson's big lines was a Dogwood with a bird. You could get perfume bottles, vanity mirrors in multiple sizes, trinket or powder jars, & jewelry caskets in multiple sizes. In fact, I have a large 6" Matson jewelry casket in the Dogwood line that I got at the auction a few weeks back. I finally got it cleaned up last night & was very pleased to see that it is in wonderful condition. It was so dirty that there was some doubt until last night. :happy::happy:

    I am glad @Houseful mention Guildcrest because I forgot about that one. :happy:
     
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  15. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Do you think this is gilded brass like most I see say - or is it just pot metal? (which it looks like if you look at bottom of feet in last photo?
     
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  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Neither would I. Filigree is handmade from very thin wire.

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  17. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    rococo?
     
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  18. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Baroque, rococco, floral!
     
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  19. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    It may not be accurate but the words ormolu & filigree are what the collectors search for when looking for these items. If you want your items to be found then you have to use the words they use in their search.

    I agree totally with our Peggy. This is the way the item will be found. I have sold a few lipstick holders or jewelry caskets and this is the way to grab eye balls.
     
  20. Jana Pace

    Jana Pace Member

    I had one of these last year I think.. Mine may have been a Matson. Im sorry, just cannot remember. If you are selling you may try Hollywood Regency as a key word. I might add Stylebuilt is another company..
     
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