Pair of Regency Bronze Perfume Burners

A pair of bronze English Regency perfume burners in the classical campana urn style; the urns with acorn finial topped lids and lion’s head spouts around a middle egg and dart rim from where perfume was diffused into the room.  One of the burners has a small dint to its rim but burners are otherwise totally intact and original.  Perfumes and their use dates back to the dawn of time.  It seems that it was in the Middle East, around 7000 BC when the first objects considered as perfume and cosmetics vases appeared. These civilisations employed various odorants, mainly resins widely used as early as 4000 BC in ritual fumigations in censers or incense burners, reserved for the gods or for royal families

This particular pair are a little more subtle in design than other more ornate examples of this period and were made to be placed on a table. These perfume burners are made of two distinct parts the bottom section would house incense or other materials to be burned and the top half would act as a receptacle for the smoke, which then diffused around the room.  Perfume burners were important objects from at least the Renaissance period as people believed that disease was spread through foul air.  Burning incense in vessels as these enjoyed a vogue among European fashionables during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, particularly in` England, France and Russia.  England circa 1830.

Dimensions: 10″  ( 26 cm ) H  x 4″ 10 cm ) Square Base

Ref.  PB GK0536

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