I am pleased to offer perfume bottle collectors out there a chance to own an incredibly rare piece of perfume history. This large factice bottle was designed around 1923 by the famous jeweler Lucien Gaillard for the French perfume company Corday. The patent was filed in 1925 by Charles Julius Oppenheim, the son of Albert Oppenheim, a famous drygoods store owner in New York. Charles Oppenheim was well connected in the European fashion world and made frequent trips as a buyer to Paris and other international fashion centers in 1908-1926 when he retired. The bottle itself was made by Pochet et du Corval. The fragrance is Toujours Moi. There was an attribution in one perfume book that this bottle was made by Lalique, but I think the confusion lay in the fact that Gaillard and Lalique were very good friends and looked to each other for design ideas. The bottle is very rare in that it is the version with the heavily gilded Art Deco design and complete with the paper label, I have yet to find another factice like this ANYWHERE. The only other one that I have seen was featured in a Phillips Auction catalog and was sold in Zurich in 1999 at the Perfume Presentations auction. It was empty and void of the label. (See Scanned image) I have the catalog and can furnish a photo for the buyer. The auction estimate in 1999 was $825-$1100. The design of this Corday bottle is gorgeous with an organic motif representing flower stamen on the front . which is reiterated on the stopper. It has the original label and gold cording around the neck. I love the romance surrounding the period in which this bottle was manufactured. 1925 was the year of the famous Paris, "L'Exhibition des Arts Decoratifs" which launched the Art Deco movement as we know it. This bottle is therefore quintessentially French ART DECO. Sure to be an absolute centerpiece for collectors of commercial perfume bottles, factices or Art Deco glass. An interesting side note is that the interior of the label reads, "Dummy" as seen through the liquid, indicating that the bottle was made for American export. I have no idea what the production number was. It measures 8 1/2" high , 6" wide by approximately 1 1/2" deep and is in fine condition. Raised letters on bottom read, Corday and Bottle made in France.
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