three oranges

When oranges came in, a curious proceeding was gone through. Miss Jenkyns did not like to cut the fruit, for, as she observed, the juice all ran out nobody knew where, sucking [only I think she used some more recondite word] was in fact the only way of enjoying oranges; but then there was the unpleasant association with a ceremony frequently gone through by little babies; and so, after dessert, in orange season, Miss Jenkyns and Miss Matty used to rise up, possess themselves each of an orange in silence, and withdraw to the privacy of their own rooms to indulge in sucking oranges. 

Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford.


'Perfume bottle set for Parfums de Marcy, circa 1925, consisting of eight enameled glass bottles as orange segments, set in painted ceramic holder, with paper labels for “Les Lilas.”' Rago Arts auction listing, via Box Vox.


Roman glass mosaic bowl, 1st half of 1st century A.D., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.

(A fun game to play is to wander through The Met and count just how many extraordinary objects are gifts from Morgan. It's dizzying.)