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Perfume Bottles Auction 2019

100 years ago the D’Orsay “Bonjour” bottle was created for a special event, and now we use it again to say “Hello” and welcome to our own special event on May 3rd, 2019 in Itasca, IL where the Perfume Bottles Auction will offer 180 lots of vintage perfume and vanity items in conjunction with the 31st annual International Perfume Bottle Association convention.

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Crossing the block beginning at 5:00 pm will be items running the gamut from early luxury items including a Renaissance Revival 22K gold vinaigrette pendant of St George and the dragon; an 1860’s silver Austro-Hungarian scent bottle set with rock crystal jewels; and a highly detailed fish-form “smelling box” c1760, each made for nobility or persons of high station - to the charming 1940’s perfume novelties such as Karoff’s “Floral Jockettes”; and movie star themed Darnee “Colleen Moore” and “Deanna Durban-Smart Girl” originally sold in drug stores.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, find D’Orsay’s luxurious “Bonjour” joined by other early perfume brands such as Gueldy’s 1912 “Gotic”; Dubarry’s “Fantome D’Orient”; and Avenel’s “Venus” exhibiting the variety of commercial bottles chosen from various owners, combining items from estate finds and long held collections, that will appeal to many collecting categories. Add the bottles from fashion houses Boue Soeurs, Desprez, and Fath; a Rosine perfume fan from Paul Poiret; plus beauty salon presentations including: Elizabeth Arden’s “On Dit” , and Helena Rubenstein’s ballerina bottle for “Gala Performance”, and you will find something for every taste.

The Asian and Egyptian themes remain to be popular categories, with standouts being an exotic art deco incense burner among a group of 1920’s perfume bottles by A.A. Vantines; a rare 1920 Russian bottle in box named for the celebrated Japanese actress “Sada-Yacco”; and the spectacular Baccarat crystal sarcophagus bottle for Edouardo’s 1927 “Nuit Divin” with engraved Pharonic symbols. The Baccarat brand is further represented by a 1920’s Silka “Narcisse”; a 1920 Peggy Hoyt “Flowers”; and distinguished by the rare crescent moon bottle for Lubin’s 1925 “Divin Mensonge”, destined to be the “star” of the night.

The Rene Lalique name is well represented, including the glassmakers first three bottles made for the perfume industry: Coty’s 1909 “Cyclamen”; L.T. Piver’s 1909 “Scarabee”; and Roger & Gallet’s 1910 mini “Cigalia”, followed by the 1920 Volnay “Ambre de Siam” with it’s remarkable oversized stopper. Numerous examples by other important glass artists and innovators will include J. Viard, M. Depinoix, A. Jollivet, and two very special works: the 1923 Nicole Groult “Le Rose” by Andre Groult, and the 1940’s Pleiadi Anthea-Arona “Alcione” by Paolo Venini.

Early examples of Czechoslovakian craftsmanship include: two important 1920’s bottles by Heinrich Hoffmann, one of amber crystal with a nude basking in the sun, and a large clear bottle with green nude-dauber; a rare Ingrid opaque turquoise bottle of detailed nude maidens; and a unique example of the Bohemian tradition displaying exceptional artistry in a hand chiseled cobalt blue crystal bottle depicting “Leda and the Swan” with 18K gold fittings.

Rounding out the auction will be distinctive perfume atomizers, and a number of alluring beauty items including compacts, lipsticks, minaudiere, and an exceptional 1892 kohl eye makeup container from Dorin, Paris. 

The auction is open to the public, and preview is set for 3:00 pm the day of the auction.

For information: 800-942-0550, or