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Perfume Bottles Overview

 

Perfume Bottles 1: The Ancients

Perfume in ancient times was almost exclusively used by the upper classes and the rich.  Already at that time a great deal of aesthetic imagination and thought was put into the manufacturing of the perfume containers.

Excavations often unearth unique and fascinating perfume containers, some of which are found in almost perfect condition...

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Ancient Roman Glass Bottles

Ancient Roman Glass Bottles - Photo courtesy of Israel Antiquity Authorities

Perfume Bottles 2: Byzantine, Islamic, Venetian

From the peak of the Eastern Roman Empire's influence up to the end of the Middle Ages, perfume bottle design styles emerged which reflected the cultures of the Byzantine, Islamic and the medieval European worlds.

The famous glass makers of Venice and Murano Island developed unique styles during this period and continue to produce beautiful and unusual perfumes bottles today...

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Murano glass perfume bottle, pre-1910

Murano glass perfume bottle, pre-1910. Photo courtesy of Trocadero at http://www.trocadero.com//

 

Jewish Yemenite Shabbat Perfume/Spice Holders
Modern Jewish Yemenite Shabbat Perfume/Spice Holders reminiscent of earlier designs - Designed & Crafted by Shalom Saadia

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Perfume Bottles 3: 17th Century to Modern 

Throughout the years, the manufacturing of perfume bottles developed into a form of art that has attracted collectors across the globe.

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Art Nouveau Austrian Art Glass Perfume Bottles Essence de Daver
Art Nouveau Austrian Art Glass Perfume Bottles Essence de Daver, photo courtesy of http://www.malleries.com

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Private Collections: Jean Paul Gaultier - Female Body Shaped Bottles 

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Jean Paul Gaultier Gold Lingerie
Jean Paul Gaultier (private perfume bottle collection courtesy of Annabella Alberti of Vancouver

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Private Collections: Japanese and Chinese Perfume and Snuff Bottles 

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Japanese hand painted porcelain perfume bottle Japanese hand painted porcelaine perfume bottle
Japanese hand painted porcelain perfume bottles (private collection courtesy of Sara Tzadok)

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