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Vintage Glass Perfume Bottles

The perfume bottle is the perfect compliment to its contents, as both perfume and its bottles are elegantly designed and eternally enjoyable. Including coveted creators from Baccarat to Waterford, the field of art glass perfume bottles is vast and ideal for those who love a scintillating scent.

Scenting oneself in oils or other concoctions is a practice that dates back to the ancient world. The practice of bottling perfume in elegant glass pieces grew exponentially in the 19th century, when glassmakers around the globe began creating vessels specifically designed for the luxurious liquid.

While producers were already creating varied forms of perfume bottles by the mid to late 19th century, the diversity and invention of perfume bottle designs skyrocketed with the arrival of Art Nouveau in the 1890s and Art Deco in the early 20th century. Perfume bottles created during these times reflected the most current glassmaking techniques alongside increasingly-diverse shapes, from small purse size flasks to elaborate art glass display pieces. Resulting is a field of vessels that are appreciated simply for their beauty; the fact that they also serve the function of preserving perfume is a secondary benefit.


Quick Facts

  • One of the most unusual and highly-collectible perfume bottle forms is the gemel bottle, which fused together two or more independent blown-glass vessels in artful arrangements containing multiple perfumes
  • René Lalique's 1936 design for Saks Fifth Avenue is one of his record-breaking perfume bottles. Featuring an opalescent oyster shell that opens to reveal a pearl of perfume, the bottle sold in 2013 for $57,500
  • Steuben was acclaimed for their perfume bottles featuring their Verre de Soie method of iridescent glassmaking

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Vaseline Opaline & Amber Glass Perfume Bottle LOT
Apr 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Vaseline Opaline & Amber Glass Perfume Bottle LOT
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$10012 Bids
BOX LOT: GLASS FRUIT, PERFUME BOTTLES, GLASS BOWLS
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
BOX LOT: GLASS FRUIT, PERFUME BOTTLES, GLASS BOWLS
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Est: $0- $0
$808 Bids
Beautiful Jeweled and Enameled Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Beautiful Jeweled and Enameled Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$307 Bids
RUSSIAN 14K GOLD AND RUBY STONES PERFUME BOTTLE
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
RUSSIAN 14K GOLD AND RUBY STONES PERFUME BOTTLE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2507 Bids
Victorian Webb Style Figural Glass Perfume Bottle
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Victorian Webb Style Figural Glass Perfume Bottle
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Est: $100- $1,000
$3256 Bids
Gold Jeweled & Enameled Art Glass Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Gold Jeweled & Enameled Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$124 Bids
Beautiful Jeweled and Enameled Peacock Motif Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Beautiful Jeweled and Enameled Peacock Motif Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$184 Bids
Gorgeous Jeweled and Enameled Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorgeous Jeweled and Enameled Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$123 Bids
Stunning Jeweled and Enameled Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Stunning Jeweled and Enameled Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$123 Bids
GROUP OF SCENT BOTTLES AND ACCESSORIES.
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP OF SCENT BOTTLES AND ACCESSORIES.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $150- $300
$303 Bids
Signed Iridescent Atomizer Art Glass Perfume Bottle
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Signed Iridescent Atomizer Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
Antique Perfume Bottle Glass Atomizer Gold Butterscotch
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Antique Perfume Bottle Glass Atomizer Gold Butterscotch
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $300
$302 Bids
A Collection of Pink & Cranberry Glass including a Perfume Bottle
Apr 17, 6:00 PM AEST
A Collection of Pink & Cranberry Glass including a Perfume Bottle
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
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Pairpoint glass and metal perfume
May 08, 10:00 AM CDT
Pairpoint glass and metal perfume
by Jaremos
Est: $100- $200
$702 Bids
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MATS JONASSON BLUE WILDFLOWER ETCHED CRYSTAL SIGNED TO BASE + PERFUME BOTTLE + ART GLASS FISH
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
MATS JONASSON BLUE WILDFLOWER ETCHED CRYSTAL SIGNED TO BASE + PERFUME BOTTLE + ART GLASS FISH
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD102 Bids
Miniatur Parfümflakon in Form einer Tube / A miniature enamelled tube shaped silver perfume bottle, um 1900
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
Miniatur Parfümflakon in Form einer Tube / A miniature enamelled tube shaped silver perfume bottle, um 1900
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €280- €560
€2801 Bid
Butterfly Front Jeweled & Enameled Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Butterfly Front Jeweled & Enameled Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Lot of perfume bottles with silver (20x)
Apr 18, 10:00 AM CEST
Lot of perfume bottles with silver (20x)
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €100- €300
€1001 Bid
Egyptian Jeweled and Enameled Art Glass Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Egyptian Jeweled and Enameled Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Stunning Fully Enameled & Jeweled Floral Perfume Bottle
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Stunning Fully Enameled & Jeweled Floral Perfume Bottle
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Vintage Glass Perfume Bottles


Hannam's Auctioneers

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Twents Veilinghuis