We are pleased to offer this Vintage Lanvin Arpege Perfume Bottle Round Black Glass with Gold Stopper in the 1/2 OZ size. We recently purchased 4 vintage circa 1930s Arpege by Lanvin bottles. This one is a 1/2oz perfume, we have 3 of the 1/4oz size bottles. They are all the early black glass globes with gold over black glass stoppers. Each bottle has its factory gold ribbon around the neck of the bottle. Each of the bottles are in very nice vintage condition both the glass, ribbons logos and paper labels on the bottoms are all good. DIMENSIONS: 2 ½” tall x 1 ¾” wide CONDITION: very nice vintage condition.
The following was information I gleaned from an internet website about Lanvin and this fragrance. Arpège:
In 1927, Jeanne Lanvin, it is said, presented this fragrance to her daughter, Marguerite, on the occasion of Marguerite's thirtieth birthday. Marguerite (also known as "Marie-Blanche") was asked to give it a name. An accomplished musician (she sang opera), Marguerite called the new fragrance "Arpège" ("arpeggio"). Arpège proved itself a huge success for Lanvin and, in a "reformulated" version, is still on the market today. Arpège was created for Lanvin by her newly installed, in-house perfumer, André Fraysse. Perfumer Paul Vacher collaborated with Fraysse on the composition. The original Arpège round, black and gold bottle was produced for Lanvin by Brosse glassworks. The bottle was designed by Armand Albert Rateau and decorated with the Lanvin trademark derived from a sketch by Paul Iribe. Descriptions of Arpège talk of it being a true arpeggio, with its different notes being played distinctly, one after another, rather than unfolding simultaneously. In the words of one commentator, "rose dusted by opalescent aldehydic shimmer unfolds first, followed by rich jasmine." I would liken Arpège to one of Jeanne Lanvin's black evening dresses — formal, sophisticated, designed for the mature woman — a fragrance which is beautiful but only within a very formal, structured setting. Classical music, yes, but not for those who attend concerts in blue jeans. By the 1920's, Lanvin was at the height of her success and, like Paul Poiret and Gabrielle Chanel, she took the plunge into perfume. By 1925, working with the mysterious Russian emigree, Madame Zed, Lanvin had — on a very small scale — launched no less than fourteen fragrances, none of them proving memorable or commercially successful. In 1926, however, Zed, it is said, created Mon Peché ("My Sin") for Lanvin. At last Jeanne Lanvin had a perfume that was making money. Riding high on the success of Mon Peché, Lanvin set up her own laboratory near her workship in Nanterre. Perfumer André Fraysse was given charge. In 1927, in collaboration with fellow perfumer, Paul Vacher, Fraysse gave Lanvin Arpege, a huge success for Lanvin which is still being restructured and spun off into other Lanvin products today. When Jeanne Lanvin died in 1946, at the age of 79, her daughter Marguerite (who had always appeared with her mother on the company's famous trademark) took charge of the business. Marguerite died in 1958. In 1990, Lanvin was purchased by Group L'Oreal. Today it is, once again, an independent company (under new ownership.) The famous Lanvin trademark, which continues to appear on all Lanvin products, was derived from a sketch by artist Paul Iribe of two woman, which symbolized Jeanne Lanvin's love for her daughter, Marguerite (also known as Marie-Blanche).