Cologne Bottle with Anti-Slavery Device

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Attributed to Pellatt & Green Falcon Glass Works (London, England)
Cologne Bottle with Anti-Slavery Device, ca. 1820-1830
Blown glass with sulphide inclusion, cut
90.22

This cologne bottle bears on its side the emblem from the seal of the British Committee for the Abolition of Slavery — an imploring African man in chains.

The technique of encasing small ceramic images within glass, commonly called sulphide inclusions, was perfected in France in the early 19th century and from there spread to England, America and other countries. Since the ceramic inclusion could be formed in a plaster mold, the image could be reproduced as many times as required with comparatively little labor. Prior to the development of cameo incrustation, the fixing of a fine likeness onto a glass vessel required either engraving or enameling.