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Molinard "Habanito" Perfume Atomizer with Bottle by Lalique - Circa 1950
This wonderful Rene Lalique design of dancing nude female figures came as a bottle with a patterned half ball shaped stopper and as an atomizer. It had several stain colors and appears to have been used for a few different perfumes over the years. It originally was designed for Molinard's "Calendal" in approximately 1927 and had a molded Lalique signature on a bottom rim. Per the book "R. Lalique: Catalogue Raisonne De L'oeuvre De Verre" by Felix Marcilhac (considered to be the Lalique bible) the atomizer came in a set with a bottle of "Calendal". Our bottle has the engraved "Lalique France" "Molinard" signatures which places it later at circa 1950. The reason I have listed the atomizer as belonging to "Habanito" is due to a 2010 Lalique, Art Glass and Perfume Bottle auction. It came with a matching stoppered bottle and was listed as Molinard's "Habanito" circa 1950.
The glass is in excellent plus condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, abrasions or repairs. With intense close inspection you can find a couple of those normal 1/64" flea bites and a touch of scratching to the base as expected from use. The stain is almost entirely gone as can be a common occurrence with the perfume bottles. It still retains specks of it's color on the background areas which assists in giving the nude figures additional dimension. The figures are super with well rounded curves to their bodies, light hints of facial features with a few ladies even having belly buttons.
The atomizer hardware is from the Marcel Franck company. It has marks of: 0, a depiction of an arrow, F. "Le Provencal" (the style name of the hardware), Molinard and Pte S.G.D.G. It is comprised of a gray colored base metal that has been gold plated. The plate is in excellent/good condition. It is excellent due to the very even toned coloration and brightness. It is good due to the fact of that area in photo # 5 where someone scratched the plate entirely down to base metal. It also has some small scratches and a few small nicks down to the base metal as can be normal to use. The push button at the top depresses and turns counter-clockwise to pop up, you reverse the motion and it locks in. When in the up/open position it depresses/pumps with excellent tension. I have not filled the atomizer with water to verify if it works.
Again the base of the bottle has the engraved script signatures as seen in photo # 9. The atomizer measures 5 5/16 tall by approximately 3 1/4 at widest point by 2 inches at deepest point. A wonderful Lalique - Molinard perfume designed by Rene Lalique in excellent condition.
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