Continental .800 Silver-mounted Colorless Glass Chatelaine Scent Bottle, late 19th/early 20th century, the heart shaped glass bottle with winged female herm shoulders, reticulated scroll base, coronet-form neck enclosing stopper, suspended from fancy link chain with chatelaine clip centered by cherub mask, wd. 2 3/4 in.
Danu is the Irish earth Goddess, mother of the Tuatha Dé Danann (people of the Goddess Danu). Danu is an ancient Goddess, and was worshipped extensively throughout Western Europe, ruling over rivers, magic, fertility, wells, and wisdom. She gives her name to many European places, including the Danube River and the country of Denmark. Danu, whose name means “wisdom”, was known as Don in Wales, and her name is also seen as Dana or Danann.
The most magnificent piece is a gold chalice that Catherine commissioned as part of a communion set in 1791. It was made in St. Petersburg by Iver Windfeldt Buch of gold, diamonds, chalcedony, bloodstone, nephrite, carnelian, and cast glass.
The Lycurgus Cup is a Roman glass cage cup now in the British Museum, made of a dichroic glass, which shows a different colour depending on whether or not light is passing through it; red when lit from behind and green when lit from in front. The cup is a very rare example of a complete Roman cage-cup, or diatretum, where the glass has been painstakingly cut and ground back to leave only a decorative "cage" at the original surface-level. it shows the mythical King Lycurgus.