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Ambre de Siam, Volnay Perfume Bottle

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Ambre de Siam, Volnay Perfume Bottle

Type: 
perfume bottle
Material(s): 
glass
Designer/Maker: 
Rene Lalique
Markings: 
Molded "VOLNAY PARIS" on front of stopper; molded "R. LALIQUE" on bottom
Origin: 
France
Date or Era: 
Introduced 1921
Dimensions: 
8.5 cm.; 3.3 in.
Additional Information: 
Between 1919 & 1920 Lalique created 5 flacons for Volnay for Ambre de Siam (see another example in this collection). In 1921 he created this stable flacon, his last for this perfume. It has a very modern (for the times) square body and both sides are ornamented with a complex stylized intertwined thorny branches that are wide and shiny against a hollow molded background that is etched and originally patinated. The first perfume in this flacon was Ambre de Siam and was patinated brown. Other fragrances marketed in this flacon were "Fleurs Vives", "Yapana", & "Iris Neige", each with different color patina. The curved top of the rectangular stopper has the same motif. This model sometimes is called "Entrelac" (Intertwine). This example is devoid of all patina. Volnay also sold powder in cardboard boxes with the same design. Ref: The Art of Rene Lalique, Christie Mayer Lefkowith, 2010.

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