IPBA Can Bugs be Beautiful?

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Were you ever fascinated by bugs as a child? Have you ever stared in wonder at the beautiful patterns on a butterfly’s wings, or the iridescence of the wings of a dragonfly or cicada? Well, a surprising number of perfume and vanity item designers have felt the same way … even the “big” names like Baccarat, Coty, D’Orsay, Elizabeth Arden, Lalique, L. T. Piver, Viard, and Yardley; as well as modern art glass designers.

Take a peek at some of the examples from our Virtual Museum!

Burmese Peachblow Scent Bottle

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“Cigalia” Powder Jar by Roger et Gallet

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“Scarabee” by L. T. Piver

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“Scarabee” Powder Box by L. T. Piver

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“Extracto Mariposa” by Viard

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A Cotes Bouchon Papillons

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Quatre Papillions (Four Butterflies) Powder Box

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Papillons (Butterflies)

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“Bouquet” Children’s Set by Annette Co.

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Elizabeth Arden Love Bug Locket Solid Perfume

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Butterfly Bottle by Lucretia Vanderbilt

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“Misti” by L.T.Piver

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Yardley Blue Eye Shadow Pot

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“Floramye” Gift Set by L. T. Piver

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Gilvey Art Glass Pendant Bottle

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Butterfly Bottle Used by Croret

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“Le Parfum D’Antan” by D’Orsay

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“Au Coeur Des Calices” by Coty

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Butterfly Stopper for "Fiancee" by Woodworth

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“Topaze” Butterfly Bottle by Avon

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“Moonwind” Lady Bug Bottle by Avon

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“Orage d’Amour” by Benoit

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“Thais” by Avenel

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Yardley Red Rouge Pot

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“Chantilly” Solid Perfume by Houbigant

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“Petite Papillon” Solid Perfume by Vivian Woodard

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“Nouvelle Poudre” Powder Boxes by Simon

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“Cigalia” Perfume by Roger et Gallet

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Rigaud Souvenir Card of 1893 World’s Fair – Chicago

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Dragonfly Atomizer by DeVilbiss

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“N-21” Powder Box by Lucretia Vanderbilt

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“Azar” Powder Box by SPA

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Spider Web Bottle by Josef Schmidt

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Gold Butterfly Perfume Lamp

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“Lauris” Powder Box by Sauzé Fréres

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Yellow Cameo Glass Bottle With Butterfly

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“Ambre Royal” Powder Box by Violet

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“Possession” by Corday Watercolor Ad 1940

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Lundberg Bottle

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Pink Crystal with Butterfly

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“Bruyere des Alpes” by Gilot

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French Art Glass Cologne

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“Brise de Violettes” by Violet

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“Metallica” by Guerlain

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“4711 Eau de Cologne” by Mülhens “Bee” Advertisement – 1907

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Quatre Cigales (Four Cicadas) by Lalique

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“Styx” by Coty

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“Dans les Airs” by Clamy

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“Farnese” by Violet

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Butterfly Girl Bottle by Vogel & Zappe

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Trois Guepes (Three Wasps)

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Papillons (Butterflies) Perfume Burner by Lalique

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Butterfly Perfume by Josef Schmidt

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Dragonfly Perfume Pendant by John Gilvey

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“Butterfly” Lalique Limited Edition 2003

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Teardrop Cameo with Butterfly

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Loy Allen Dragonfly Perfume

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