Perfume Bottles Auction
Spartanburg, South Carolina
May 2, 2015
On May 2, 2015 in Spartanburg, SC, the Perfume Bottles Auction broke all previous records with a total result of $533,724. Standing tall, with its $66,000 result was the exceedingly rare 16 inch Christian Dior silk doghouse with figural bottle, created in 1956 marking the tenth anniversary of the House of Dior.
The auction represented a fine selection of 302 bottles and objects by notable glassmakers including a rare Julian Viard bottle for Colmy “C’est Un Secret” (19,000).
A fine grouping of Lalique glass included: the first complete bottle that Rene Lalique designed for a perfumer, the 1909 “Cyclamen” for Coty ($19,200); the 1912 blue glass bee-stoppered “Au Couer des Calices” for Coty ($6,600); the 1925 figural ashtray created exclusively for Jeanne Lanvin ($3,600); and the 1909 Egyptian inspired “Scarbee” powder box for L.T. Piver sealed with contents in it’s original box ($16,800).
The collection offered two rarely seen Czech perfume bottles by Heinrich Hoffmann: one in opaque brown crystal and the other in opaque red-orange crystal, both with the highly desirable “hand chiseled” surface (each brought $5,700).
Highlighting the art glass and 1800s Palais Royal selections was a green opaline glass and gilt bronze horse drawn carriage ($3,900).
Presentations from fashion houses included items from Paul Poiret, Schiaparelli, Babani, Lucien Lelong, Hattie Carnegie, and Jean Patou. Also offered were powder boxes, atomizers, and other unique vanity items.