A CHELSEA PORCELAIN GOLD-MOUNTED SCENT BOTTLE AND STOPPER IN THE FORM OF A YOUTH CATCHING BIRDS CIRCA 1755
the youth holding a bird cage peering around a tree trunk up to another open cage and two perching birds, the stopper formed as a further bird, the underside with a gilded diaper panel.
Height 3½ in.
The bird perched on the bottle beneath the mount has a miniscule chip to the tip of its beak and its tail feathers are chipped away. Otherwise, the porcelain is in generally good condition.
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Collection of Margaret Brown Innes (1874-1946), Wichita, Kansas;
Thence by decent to Mrs. Inne's daughter, Anne Katherine Phillips, Wichita Kansas, sold, William Doyle Galleries, New York, May 18, 1994, lot 162
Sotheby's New York, October 11, 1995, lot 386
The lead master model for this scent bottle is illustrated in G. E. Bryant, The Chelsea Porcelain Toys, London, 1925, pl. 29, no. 5 and pl. 16, nos. 4 and 6. A second example of the model was sold at Sotheby's London, May 10, 2016, lot 217, and was formerly in the well-known collection of Chelsea Scent bottles formed by the late Mrs. Meyer Sassoon; The Property of Mrs. Derek Fitzgerald, sold, Sotheby's London, 12th October 1965, lot 12.