A Pair of Guangcai Porcelain Perfume Bottles with Crest Symbol from Samson Ceramics 20th Century
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The time-honoured perfume is a volatile solution that requires special containers. Perfume was known as “rose water” in Tang Dynasty and contained in glass bottles. In the latter half of the 19th century, the development of perfume industry advanced with synthetic ingredients in fragrances. Porcelain is of similar nature with glass and hence suitable for storage of perfume, but more popular because of the sophistication represented by different glazes and coloured decorations.
Porcelain perfume bottles were in great demand in France – the world’s perfume capital. However expensive Chinese porcelain was not affordable to everyone. Samson Ceramics therefore imitated the Chinese guangcai style perfume bottles to cater to the market. These pieces were manufactured by Samson Ceramics with a crest symbol as the motif. The coat-of-arms is a unique tradition in Europe, usually as a special symbol for nobility, families, and organisations. This perfume bottle was painted with such to as a special identification of personal property.
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