Cameo Scent Bottle with Swan and Dragonfly

Object Name: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Swan and Dragonfly

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Object Name: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Swan and Dragonfly
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2016.2.15
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 8.3 cm, W: 4.9 cm, D: 2.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1880-1900
1889 (silver)
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ennion Society
Web Description: 
Webb & Sons employed around 70 engravers at its peak in the 1880s. The best and most talented worked under the supervision of brothers Thomas and George Woodall on the Gem Cameo, or “Woodall”, team. Thomas Woodall (English, 1849–1925) and George Woodall (English, 1850–1925) were first employed at Webb & Sons around 1874. George was a talented carver, who often worked alone on projects, while Thomas assumed the role of designer and supervisor. They reportedly worked in a converted storeroom in the rear of the Webb facility at Dennis Hall to prevent theft and promote secrecy. The Gem Cameo team produced a wide range of carved, gilded, and enameled objects including vases, scent bottles, candlesticks, tazzas, and cups. Many pieces made by this prestigious group of glass artists are identified by the inscription “Gem Cameo.” Harry A. Davies (English, 1862–1937) was member of the Gem Cameo team. He appears in an 1891 photograph with other members of the “Woodall Team” working on the five-layered Great Tazza (92.2.8), but little else is known about him. Scent bottle 2016.2.15 is the only known work signed by him as well as the only known signed cameo scent bottle from the 19th century. Signed: “HAD”, carved in water below swan Published: Grover and Grover (previous), pp. 265, figure C211. For references, see previous.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Kaplan, Leo, Former Collection
Jacobson, Susan Kaplan, Source
2016-09-09
Material: 
Inscription: 
HAD
inscription
Carved (a) near head of snake
23
inscription
Sticker
G. B. W. [image of lion, letter "P", and anchor]
inscription
Stamped (b) around neck of metal cap hallmark for G.B.W. (unidentified), Sterling, 1889, Birmingham
[image of lion]
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Stamped (a) on top of metal collar
Primary Description: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Swan and Dragonfly. (a) Translucent blue and white glasses, silver; cased, blown, carved, assembled. Flattened teardrop-shaped white on translucent blue glass scent bottle. One side decorated with swan floating on water, snake in water below; reverse decorated with dragonfly and dogwood (?) flower; one narrow side decorated with tree; one narrow side decorated with tall stem with leaves and flowers. Geometric and vegetal border at bottom and top. Threaded silver collar fixed to top of bottle. (b) Undecorated flattened globular silver cap. Cork fixed within top of cap.
English Cameo Glass (1980) illustrated, p. 265, fig. C211; BIB# 20952