1912 - 1913
Mould blown technique
Property of the Lalique Museum
René Lalique designed the At the Heart of the Calyx perfume bottle in 1912 for French perfumer François Coty. The bottle features a bee gathering nectar from the calyx of a flower - flora and fauna were two of Lalique's three major sources of inspiration, along with the female figure.
The transparency of the glass reveals the petals on the body of the bottle, a typical illustration of the way Lalique used the qualities of glass to enhance his creations. The petals are moulded from the inside, so the bottle was designed in three separate parts - neck, body and base - which were then heat-sealed together.
By the way: René Lalique created over twenty perfume bottles and advertising plaques for François Coty between 1908 and 1920. The collaboration with Coty marked Lalique's first venture into the world of perfumery.