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Lalique Perfume Bottles
René Lalique art glass is some of the most coveted among early 20th-
century producers. It is his perfume bottle designs, however, that prove
consistently captivating, as it was a commission for such bottle designs that
helped catapult Lalique into the pantheon of glassmaking greats.
In the early years of the 1900s, just as Lalique was launching his art
glass line, he was approached by perfume maker to create multiple perfume
bottles. Lalique's designs for Coty proved so successful that demand
skyrocketed, and Lalique was forced to expand operations into a larger
As the decades progressed, Lalique continued creating designs for Coty
while also expanding his clientele to include other companies, such as
d'Orsay. At the same time he made custom designs for specific makers, he
also made his own perfume bottles, which were equally celebrated. Among
these designs, his Tantot and Amphitritie vessels were some of his most
acclaimed not only among his contemporary consumers, but also by
Along with his perfume bottle designs, Lalique created several
art glass pieces to decorate the windows of the Coty Building in New York
City. Many of these original decorative pieces are still on view today
A Lalique-designed tester set of Coty fragrances created between 1907
and 1910 achieved a record price at a Christie's London auction in 2000.
Featuring 12 miniature bottles slightly more than 2 inches in height and all
enclosed in a custom box, the set sold for $7,097
One of Lalique's most novel contributions to perfume bottle designs was
the tiara stopper, which was a stopper that featured a design that fanned out
to encircle the neck of the perfume bottle, similar to the way in which a tiara
sits on one's head