A ST. JAMES'S (CHARLES GOUYN) OR CHELSEA PORCELAIN SCENT BOTTLE AND STOPPER CIRCA 1755
modeled as Cupid pointing to a clock supported amidst the branches of a rose tree by a scantily clad Venus, a spotted seated between them and inscribed around the arched sides of the base L'HEURE DU BERGER FIDELLE, gilt-metal mount.
Height 2⅞ in.
Some minor chips and loses to the edges if the leaves, particularly beneath the neck. The floral stopper is a replacement. Otherwise, the porcelain is in generally good condition.
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Guitel Montague, New York
Sotheby's New York, April 5, 2007, lot 171
Kate Foster illustrates another example of this model in her paper 'Chelsea Scent Bottles - 'Girl in a Swing' and another Group', Transactions of the English Ceramic Circle, 1967, Vol. VI, pt. 3, pl. 213 (a), listed on p. 288 as no. 11 in the "second Category" of these types of scent bottles. Another similar example from the Collection of V. Ethel Crosby was sold in these rooms, April 24, 1992, lot 148.