The dove design of this beautiful bottle is considered to be Nina Ricci's most recognizable and signature piece. L'Air du Temps was originated in 1948 and released in a sunburst bottle with a dove stopper. Ms. Ricci's son Robert and Marc Lalique (René Lalique's son) co-designed a new bottle for the perfume in 1951 which featured the frosted billing/kissing doves on its stopper. Since 1951 there have been slight variations on the original bottle's design but it still retains its beautifully depicted kissing doves and classic message of peace and love.
The glass is in excellent plus condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, abrasions or repairs. The doves have a lovely frosted surface with highlights of clear spots to assist in defining their eyes and wonderful illusion of layered feathers. The feathers are not just flat with two different looks, frosted and clear, but have graceful faint curves giving light dimension to the bodies. The underside of the dove's wings as well as the base of the perfume is of clear high polished glass.
The atomizer hardware is in excellent condition with no cracks or dents. You can find with close inspection some minute surface only scratching on the hardware. The threads on the bottle's metal neck and atomizer cap are in smooth working order. The push button on the end of the atomizer depresses and springs back with good tension. I did not fill the bottle with water to see if the atomizer sprays. The hardware color is a light, even toned, soft gold.
The bottom of the bottle at a rim contains an acid mark that reads "LALIQUE FRANCE". The push button of the atomizer contains a mark for "Step PARIS" who was the maker of the hardware. You can see both marks in photo # 7. The bottle measures 3 11/16 wide through the doves by 3 1/2 inches long through the body of the bottle to the button of the atomizer. When I set the bottle on its flat base on the table the bottle stands approximately 2 inches at it's tallest point (outer wing's of the doves). The glass on the bottle is quite substantial as the empty perfume weighs 9 ounces. We're of the understanding that this was originally developed as a purse atomizer but I would not want to be the lady carrying it in my purse. We believe this substantial weight is the reason this bottle is so difficult to find, a beautiful but totally impractical design. A wonderful bottle with a famous design history in superb condition for a Lalique, Nina Ricci, atomizer or just general perfume collection.
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