This unique creation is a 1920’s perfume funnel celebrates Venice, Italy by featuring the Winged Lion of Venice, sometimes known as The Lion of St. Mark. The Lion’s giant paw rests on a book which (in it’s larger sculptural form) reads, “Peace be unto you, Mark, my evangelist.” (Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus.)
Once upon a time, apprentices to the Coppini smithy in Florence would hone their skills by making perfume funnels. Each funnel was small, requiring few material resources, but rich in the skills required of a silversmith. In the end, their work was inspected by a master. Unacceptable pieces went back into the crucible and the apprentice tried again. Over time, perfume funnels became a signature of the Coppini family of craftsman.
As with most Coppini perfume funnels, this Winged Lion funnel is a little wider at the top than the perfume funnels from England and Mexico. I’ve found that leads to fewer splashes or spills. This golden brass basin sits above a pale brass (lower copper content) stem. The whole piece measures approximately 40 mm from the tip of the stem to the rim of the basin. That translates to 1.5 inches tall, and the basin is 30 mm wide at the lip, not including the handle.
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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! Purchases from the WhyteWing website benefit The Trevor Project, but if you are more comfortable shopping through a platform like Etsy, this lion of St. Mark is listed in my shop there as well.
1.5 inches top to bottom