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Early Blown "Comet Wine" Bottle

Auction:
3120T
Lot:
1065
Sold for:
$1,169$950

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3120T
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
August 06, 2018 12:00PM

Description:

Early Blown "Comet Wine" Bottle, France, c. 1811, tall olive green bottle with straight sides and tooled mouth, high kick up, the shoulder with an applied seal depicting a star with a comet trail, laid paper label below reads "Vieux Cognac/1811," ht. 12 3/4 in.

Note: The Great Comet of 1811 was visible for an unusually long time, approximately 260 days. Its existence was recorded by a wide variety of astronomers and literary figures. 1811 was, coincidentally, a particularly good year for wine and merchants marketed "Comet Wine" for several years afterwards in recognition of the remarkable astronomical event.
Estimate $300-500

Minor scratches, but no chips, cracks, open bubbles, or evidence of repair. Label toned with loss to edges.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

France, Astronomy, Bottle, Comet, Comet vintages, Great Comet, Nature, Wine

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