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Type:Perfume bottles


Designer/Maker:R. Lalique

Markings:Engraved on base: Rotterdam Lloyd Royal Dutch Mail, R. Lalique France


Date or Era:1928

Dimensions:10 cm x 8 cm

Additional Information:
This bottle was ordered by Rotterdamsche Loyd Netherlands from Lalique, which shipping line traveled to India. Each passenger received a souvenir "Cactus" bottle or a paperweight in the shape of the sacred bull "Nandi." Both objects were delivered in an edition of 5000 pieces (actually 5100 of the bottle). Mr. Lennart Booij wrote a wonderful book in 2013 "Lalique Netherlands" where he explores this story.