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.