An 18th Century Perfume Pistolet {Scented Images}

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This delightful object is a "pistolet à parfum" from the end of the 18th century.  It is made of enameled gold and fine pearls. The petals of the bud open becoming a flower to reveal a vinaigrette in its heart. The golden blossom could release perfumes or the effluvia of salts for ladies on the verge of fainting. There is also a timepiece inserted in the perfume pistolet (see on the right). Exquisite.

(Photo courtesy of the Marie de Paris)

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