Art Deco Czech Crystal Perfume Bottle with Nudes

This is example is a new perfume bottle from the Czech Republic that was made from the same mold as the original 1920's version. Perfume bottle collectors need to be aware that many different perfume bottle designs first made in the 1920's through the 1940's were once again being produced by the 1990's. This includes figural designs like this dual nude example, in clear and frosted glass, as well as non-figural bases that have fancy etched stoppers. Specialty colored glass perfumes like those made of the green glass type referred to as malachite are also being reproduced.

Some of the bottle designs appearing on the market today will have been made from original molds and others are being produced from molds made from an example of the bottle itself. Although some of the old designs being reproduced by contemporary makers like Desna may be marked, expect that for some bottles a new maker's mark will have been removed and an old maker's mark added in its place, so keep this in mind when buying.

Because of the fact that any type of glass article made in the modern era can at first glance look like an older-made piece, when an item is being represented to be an original it is always wise to check for certain characteristics which an older piece of glass can logically be expected show. For instance, where two separate sections have met each other repetitively over the years, like the interiors of a perfume bottle's neck and its stopper, there should be at least some evidence of wear or use. Check to see if the stopper and the base are well matched, too. Old perfumes were made to high standards and a tight, well matched fit between base and stopper can be expected. Newer perfumes and bases are not produced exactly the same way as the old, though old molds may be used. This means oftentimes a stopper may match the base in design, only, not in fit. If the stopper is loose, at the very least what you may be looking at is a marriage of old parts. At the worst, it may be a new reproduction being presented to you as if old.

Check for wear underneath on the bottom of the bottle, too. Any patterns of wear that can be seen should always look random, not uniform in nature. Uniform scratches to mimic wear can be added artificially. Sandpaper or an emery board may have been used to produce them. If all wear seems to go only in one direction, rather than being haphazard, this is a very good sign that what you are seeing may be false applied aging.

If you don't already know what authentic wear on a glass surface should look like, a good way to learn is to use a magnifying glass or loupe to examine likely areas on family items you own that you know are of a certain age, beyond any doubt. Then examine the same areas on a similar piece of glass that you know to be brand new. Using familiar items to make comparisons like this can help you to train your eye to more surely identify the wear on glass that can come with age.

An original bottle in this form generally sells for a very hefty price. And so if being offered for a much, much cheaper price than should realistically be expected, this may also mean the item is a new reproduction and the seller knows this. See our favorite links for an informative article on the new perfume types being produced and sold today as if an older counterpart.

This bottle is approximately 5 1/2 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

Item ID: 2007RP00083

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