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Vase
Date Made/Found: around 1790
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 140 x 105 x 125mm (5 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 4 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1910.15
What is this object? This is a perfume vase made of Old Sheffield Plate, around 1790. What features does it have? The vase rests on feet of reeded wire, and the base tray has a silver border with a gadroon design – a series of convex curves. The lid has a perforated knob so that the perfume fumes may escape. What is it for? The vase is designed to gently perfume a room, masking any unpleasant odours. It performs the same function as a plug-in air freshener might today. This would have been a luxury item, used only in the wealthiest households. In the 1980s it was used in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Sheffield Town Hall.
Display Location: In Store
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