Art Nouveau French Sterling Silver Flask, Lily of Valley Enamel Cameo Glass
An antique Art Nouveau French sterling silver mounted portable liquor flask. Bottles such as this were originally serviceable as a portable spirits flask, though certainly usable for perfume. The flasks could easily hold a substantial amount of one's favorite liquor, to be served in the detachable tumbler or drinking cup at the base and ideal for a 'shot' of whiskey or flavored liqueur. These highly collectible flasks are sometimes known as carriage flasks, handy for short travel and easily stow-able in a purse or pocket during a night out at the theatre or opera. Also referred to as a flacon à eau de mélisse after a type of absinthe spirits made from a lemon balm favored for its fresh citrus taste and as a tonic against migraines. The glass body with an all over texturized and satin finish surrounded by an exquisite pate de verre lily of the valley motif, accented in enameling and gilding. These art glass bottles were a specialty of Daum and Galle, however this example is not signed. A beautiful decoration, vibrant in color with finely executed details. The sterling mounts consist of a cork lined knob lid, threaded collar, and removable drinking cup attached to the base.