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Very little information exists about D'ORSAY and many of their bottle-types & fragrances are still to be recorded. Here for your appraisal is one such bottle, of which no data or documents are known outside of private hands.
I have spent many years researching this bottle and I am no more informed today as when I began. Its fragrance: ABC is not recorded and the only information that I have generally received from collectors & scholars is that this bottle dates circa 1925.
The most desirable of d'Orsay bottles were arguably designed by Rene Lalique, whilst others were also produced at Baccarat and Daum. No less than 20 known designs were produced by Lalique for d'Orsay, and their association is legendary.
Established in 1908 by a highly organized investor group made up of Siegfried & Sally Berg, Leo Fink, and M. Van Dyck, they selected the D'Orsay name and coat of arms to create the aristocratic and luxurious image of a long-established French company. The above investors even went so far as to purchase a castle as their headquarters. No expense was spared in the product range, and Parfums D'Orsay created all of their own fragrances & packaging to produce luxurious & sophisticated products aimed at the very top-end of high class society.
I am by no means the only person to have noticed the similarities of this bottle design to that of bottle pattern `Duncan' by Rene Lalique, circa 1931. `Duncan' was a non-commercial presentation of a four bottle garniture de toilette, made available for Lalique's own Maison Lalique salon in Paris. It was later re-designed in circa 1974 by Marc Lalique, with a solid crystal angular stopper, together with a square lidded powder box.
ABC by D'Orsay, pre-dates Rene Laliques presentation and without my own influence, this bottle was designed & produced during the time when their association was strong. It is not impossible therefore, that this ABC bottle is a forerunner design piece that became Duncan... It cannot be ruled out.
ABC, is a bottle type which is launched into another dimension when it is filled with a coloured fragrance. It does not rely upon a fancy stopper, frills, bows & ribbons or other additions to make a statement. The bottle is an early design that includes internal mouldings to provide wonderful optic effects when filled. I have tried to demonstrate this using colour tinted water, which shall be decanted prior to dispatch.
... A half-moon shape of solid crystal, forms the interior base of this bottle, whilst thickly moulded hollow columns and wavy-edges of crystal to both the front and the back of the bottle, allow the coloured contents to settle and display with optimum effect. This is very clever and well thought out element of design, which uses crystal-glass to its advantage... Such was D'Orsay.
The base of the bottle carries a large moulded mark: D'ORSAY FRANCE and the cap is chrome metal, not plastic, and as such would have been an expensive bottle to produce commercially.
I welcome and encourage anybody to contact me with positive identification of this piece. That it is rare is sacrosanct and it is a gem of bottle for your collection. No other documented or recorded example of this bottle exists... Have you ever seen one before?
Height: 5 inches Width: 2.5 inches Base: 1 x 2.25 inches Postage weight: Minimal at just 400gms *The last photograph is for display purposes only and is not included in this sale*
Item ID: JJ747
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