Whiting Antique Sterling Silver 'Fantasy' Perfume design attributed to Charles Osborne, New York, c. 1883
Swirling pearl-like beads of various sizes create a unique and exotic pattern recognized as one of Osborne's most famous designs. This lovely sterling perfume bottle has an unusual shape and design. The irregular shape of the body has rounded edges and a hammered and textured surface.
Of nautical inspiration, this dramatic pearl design is seen on items produced by Tiffany & Co. and the Whiting Mfg Company. The removable screw-on cap has a series of pierced holes around its edge to sprinkle its contents or use as an atomizer.
Charles Osborne was by far Whiting's most famous and important designer - actually worked for Tiffany's from 1879 through 1881, then returned to Whiting. His designs are some of the most important of the American aesthetic movement. (See Magnificent Tiffany Silver and Silver in America for more information on Osborne.)
Provenance: Private Collection.
This lovely sterling bottle is marked with Whiting's trademark and 'STERLING/ 1255'. It measures 6 inches long, weighs 2.35 troy ounces, and is in excellent antique condition with a couple of minor dimples.
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