In about 1800, vinaigrettes became fashionable. They were small containers fitted with a pierced inner lid that contained sponges drenched with scent or perfume.


  • Title: Vinaigrette
  • Creator: Swiss
  • Date Created: ca. 1805
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Swiss
  • Provenance: Mr. Alan Feldbaum, Penn Valley, Pennsylvania [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2000, by gift.
  • Object Type: vinaigrettes
  • Medium: gold, enamel
  • Exhibitions: Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Dimensions: 1 1/8 in. (2.86 cm) (diam.)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Alan Feldbaum, 2000
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.706

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