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'Girl-In-A-Swing' Harlequin scent bottle

Photo: Elizbeth Mann

'Girl-In-A-Swing' Harlequin scent bottle

ca. 1755

This work was a gift from the collection of Frances McDougall, an original member of the Seattle Ceramic Society beginning in the mid-1940s.

Wearing a white hat, a black mask and a rose, blue, green yellow and black checkered costume, holding a wine glass in his right hand and a slapstick in his left, his head forming the stopper, and modeled standing beside a yellow barrel-form patchbox painted with floral sprigs above a domed circular base bouquet, (tiny chip on the hat); mounted on his neck with a gold collar and chain, on the base with a gold footrim, and on the barrel and cover with hinged gold rims decorated with a white enamel band inscribed in gold LA PL US BON [sic].

3 5/16 × 1 3/8 × 1 1/2in. (8.4 × 3.5 × 3.8cm)
Gift of Frances McDougall
Provenance: [Stoner and Evans, NY]; Purchased from gallery by Frances McDougall, October 1946 – her death; by inheritance to Mrs. McDougall’s daughter Celia Kasony; by inheritance to Mrs. McDougall’s grand-daughter Katherine Kasony-Quinn; gift from Ms. Kasony-Quinn to Seattle Art Museum (in her grandmother’s name), June 2014.
Photo: Elizbeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, 18th Century English Porcelain, cat. number 104, April 19 - May 27, 1956

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Collectors: Early European Ceramics and Silver, July 29 - October 3, 1982, number 68

Published ReferencesEnglish Ceramic Circle Transactions, Volume 5, Part 3, 1962, "Pottery and Porcelain from Collections of American Members," p. 169 and 170, pl. 163 b (left)

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