In Florence Italy, one family of blacksmiths has spent generations combining their skill with metalwork and their love of Italy. Their work celebrates the regions, the landmarks, and the history of the country they love. In this 1911 piece, a Coppini family silversmith paid tribute to Italy’s deep connection to the desert romance of Libya. For your moments of scented luxury, this antique Coppini perfume funnel is just thing.
More than a century ago, apprentices to the Coppini smithy would hone their skills by making perfume funnels. Each piece was small, requiring few material resources, but rich in the skills required of a silversmith. They rolled metal for the basin, stretched it for the stem, created molds and cast images to be joined to the basin. In the end, their work was inspected by a master. If it was deemed acceptable, it might be offered to customers. Unacceptable examples went back into the crucible, and the apprentice tried again.
This design features a beautifully crafted golden bronze camel sculpted to embellish the basin of this silver perfume funnel. The sculpting is done with such a delicate hand that even fine details of the camel’s muscular build are visible. A cast silver lion’s head is applied as handle to the right hand side.
This camel perfume funnel is a little wider at the top than some, leading to fewer splashes or spills, and has a slightly longer stem than most of it’s brass counterparts from the same time period. The patina you see is what has happened naturally over time, but the majority of this surface has been polished to highlight the silver.
Please take your time with the photos and consider them part of the description. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to check out the many perfume funnels available in my shop! If you prefer to make your purchase on a platform like Etsy, this golden camel funnel is listed in my shop there as well.
2.25 inches top to bottom