This unusual hand blown art glass bottle has a clear base and a white body encircled by a bright turquoise blue glass belt with two raised flowers. It is similar to Baccarat pate de riz agate art glass items with applied bleu celeste snakes that date ca 1855 (see the last photo of page 211 of "Baccarat" by Jean-Louis Curtis) and opaline glass. Like many 19th Century opaline pieces, the cologne container is hand blown, has polished pontil on the base, lacks both seams and machine engraving, and is decorated with gold gilding. Original opaline was produced in France from about 1800 - 1890; in the early 20th Century, glassmakers in Murano, Venice and elsewhere started making opaline veritable items similar to this bottle.
Given its resemblance to Marcel Franck designs from the Art Deco era and that it is is fitted with what appears to be an early DeVilbiss atomizer, it probably dates between ca 1907 and 1937. During that period, DeVilbiss worked with a wide variety of US glassmakers as well as those in France, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, Germany and Italy to produce perfume bottles fitted with their perfumizers.*
In any case, the vintage vanity item is nearly 6 ½" tall to the top of the finial, 1 ¾" in diameter at the base and 4" in diameter at its widest point. Its decorative container is in excellent condition, with moderate wear to the gold and a line of residual perfume around the center where the blue glass is applied to the body. It has aged brass fittings, a black cord, free flowing fringe tassel and bulb pump (which has a few small age cracks). The old atomizer does not function, yet might just need a new poofer ball and tube. The top of the atomizer appears made of gilded porcelain or a plastic resin.
It is a wonderful and rare parfum bottle that would make a wonderful collection addition and/or a thoughtful gift for those who enjoy vintage and antique bottles.
References include "Perfume and Scent Bottles Collecting " by Jean Sloan, Cologne and Scent Bottles" by Jacquelyne Jones North and " Collectible Bohemian Glass 1880 – 1940" by Robert and Deborah Truitt.
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* From about 1950 - 1970, Blenko art glass designers (especially Joel Philip Myers) occasionally incorporated applied clear colored glass coils to a variety of pieces, however, we think this bottle pre-dates those designs.
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