A Large Finest Quality Antique Empire Perfume Bottle with Exquisite Hand Painted Miniature Portrait of an Demure Aristocratic Lady, possibly Napoleon's Wife, Josephine Bonaparte.
The is a Truly Rare Perfume Bottle of Exquisite Quality.
The Portrait Shows this Lady Wearing an “Empire style” Dress and Hairstyle.
This was Incredibly Feminine, Enhancing the Bust and Often Revealing the Arms and Allowing Free Movement Below the Waist.
This Style Paid Homage to the Classical Styles of Ancient Greece, which was in Keeping with Napoleon’s Desire for a French Republic.
This Neoclassical Style, Made with French Silks and Often Light in Colour, Gave a Sense of Purity and Innocence, with the Lack of Corset Adding a Hint of Sexuality as the Lady's Body was Bare Beneath her Dress.
In fact Josephine often Loved Dressing in White Silk which Napoleon Favoured for Her and he Encouraged her to Wear New fashion all the Time.
Her Image Helped Promote the Idea that Luxury was again Acceptable after the Revolution
This Antique Empire Cut Crystal Perfume Bottle is Mounted with Fine Dore Bronze Depicting Classical Motifs, Swags and Garlands.
Highest Quality and in Perfect Condition.
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