Fine Arts: When obsolescence means collectability

Bonham’s latest sale features a rich array of ornamental vinaigrette containers from the 18th and 19th centuries

15th March, 2020
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Bonham’s have a number of highly ornamental examples of gold vinaigrette

In 2020, vinaigrette is what adds piquancy to a salad. In the times when daily bathing (for all classes) was very far from the norm, the vinaigrette was an indication of social standing, a tiny container or bottle holding a scrap of sponge soaked in aromatic vinegar – a practical alternative to carrying bottles of scent while travelling.

A Bonham’s sale this week has a number of highly ornamental 18th and 19th-century examples, notably several in...

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