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Perfume bottle

René Lalique
Mould-blown glass bottle, pressed glass stopper
Property of Benjamin Gastaud

At the turn of the 20th century, numerous artists sought inspiration in Oriental art and culture. René Lalique’s jewelry and glass creations both bear witness to this Eastern influence.

Le Jade was designed for Roger & Gallet in 1926. It depicts a bird flying through a maze of branches. The name of the perfume features on one side of the bottle, and the brand name on the other side.

The various versions of the bottle imitate shades of jade, creating an association between the name of the perfume and the visual impact of the bottle. Le Jade was declined in a range of shades from an almost fluorescent green to turquoise. The bottle’s shape bears some resemblance to a Chinese snuffbox.

By the way: René Lalique began designing graphic elements for Le Jade in 1922, but this 1926 model was his first bottle for the perfume brand. 


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