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Perfume bottle

Bottle for Lucien Lelong

Creator: René Lalique
Designed in 1929
Mould-blown, enamelled glass, enamelled pressed glass stopper, enamelled aluminium box
Benjamin Gastaud Collection

Renowned for his avant-garde vision as a jeweller, Lalique used glass for many of his jewellery creations at the turn of the 20th century. Around 1908-1909, the great perfumers of the era commissioned him to design perfume bottles and powder boxes bearing symbols or messages relating to their precious content.
Lucien Lelong, heir to a famous couture house, established a perfumery business in 1924. He opened stores in Chicago and New York in 1928 and 1929, and turned to René Lalique to design a bottle destined to charm his chic and fashionable clientele residing in the skyscrapers the other side of the Atlantic.
This square, frosted glass bottle has a cube-shaped stopper and is decorated with black enamel festoons. It comes in an enamelled aluminium box and is part of a set featuring some twenty items including powder boxes, combs, brushes, hand mirrors, etc.

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