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Early DANS LA NUIT Perfume BOULE Bottle with STAR-MOON STOPPER Design, Silver Cording, and Hang Tags with Serifs

This is an early issue of Rene Lalique's celebrated boule perfume bottle / flacon, circa 1924, designed for the first perfume launched by Les Parfums Worth, Dans la Nuit ("In the Night"). It features a very early design for the DLN stopper, i.e., a disc with an eclipsed moon of crystal-polished glass in bas-relief against a cobalt-stained sky filled with raised, crystal-polished stars. This style stopper was available from the mid-1920's through the mid-1930's, when it was discontinued due to an allegation of trademark infringement. Proctor & Gamble had objected that the star-moon motif was too similar to its Ivory soap logo. From the mid-30's on, the boule was issued with a stopper featuring the eclipsed moon and, in lieu of stars, the perfume name rendered in a lowercase calligraphic font.*

Bottle is evocative of a velvety night sky filled with stars. Stars on the body produce different reflective effects, depending on the quality of ambient light, and on the presence and/or 'saturation' of matte blue patina. In lower light, stars may present as a glossy crystal blue; in brighter light, they may glow like stars in a night sky. Where matte blue stain over crystal-finished stars is absent or has diminished, stars may shine very brightly. It is interesting to note that wear to the cobalt patina only enhances the beauty of this bottle. This patination style wears on the polished areas, i.e., on the crystal-polished stars in bas-relief. Areas of frosted glass that have been stained blue retain their stain remarkably well.

The classic DLN boule is one of the most coveted of all Lalique perfume bottles, the iconic perfume bottle for Worth, and one of the icons of the Art Deco era. France Today: The Magazine of French Travel and Culture, in a recent online article commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rene Lalique's birth, hailed Lalique as "the most multifaceted maitre verrier of his time", and presented only one photograph in illustration of his perfume artistry, i.e., this DLN boule, with this style stopper.** Lalique produced commercial perfume bottles for many au courant purveyors of scent, e.g., Coty, Houbigant, d'Orsay, Molinard, Roger & Gallet, Arys, Lucien Lelong, et alia; he also designed bottles exclusively for his own art glass boutique. It is thus interesting to note that the only perfume bottle illustrated in France Today was the boule.

Lalique's perfume bottles were stars of the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs; they are acknowledged masterpieces and are still today avidly collected. The DLN boule was issued in various glass/color treatments, but this style is regarded by many (including myself) as the most beautiful. It is not surprising that this bottle should have been cherished for 75-85 years.

The original Dans la Nuit scent was a floral amber fragrance with notes of black currant, iris, jasmine, rose, tuberose, and musk. Composed of costly and choice elements, a gift of this scent would have been a handsome gesture. It was a favorite perfume of the Jazz Age set.

Worth created a number of other successful perfumes for which Lalique designed collectible bottles, among them: Vers le Jour, Sans Adieu, Je Reviens, Vers Toi/Pot des Fleurs, Projets/En Croisiere/Clear Sailing, Imprudence, a range of more traditional single-floral-theme scents in 'the daisy bottle', and Requete (Marc Lalique). At the close of World War II, Je Reviens ("I Will Return", or "I return") was a favorite gift of American soldiers to their sweethearts back home.

Early Worth Deco fragrance bottles, with their geometric presence, streamlined forms, stepped designs, and chevrons were featured in elegant advertisements designed by distinguished Art Deco illustrators, e.g., R. B. Sibia, Scaioni, Henri Mercier, and Germaine Berard. Today, these are are collected as art. Even more enduring are the Worth Lalique bottles; within the last two decades, they have been the subject of a veritable frenzy of collecting

* Christie Mayer Lefkowith, The Art of Perfume: Discovering and Collecting Perfume Bottles, NYC: Thames and Hudson, 1994.

* Mary Lou and Glenn Utt, with Patricia Bayer, Lalique Perfume Bottles, NY: Crown Publishing, Inc., 1990.

** France Today: The Magazine of French Travel and Culture, "Lalique" January 16, 2011, a www.francetoday.com article originally published in the December 2010 issue of France Today.

Comments

  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Many thanks, Bellin68, for your appreciation and most gracious gracious comment!!! miKKo
  2. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Many thanks to ye, vintagemad and vetraio50, for your kind appreciation! miKKo
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you, kindly, Manikin and scandinavian_pieces for your most gracious comments!!! So sorry to hear about the dental travail, Manikin! Hope you're feeling great now. miKKo
  4. flowerrose flowerrose, 2 years ago
    WOW!! This is beautiful. So Lucky you are!! I have never seen one before.
  5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, flowerrose! Thanks much for your very gracious comment! I see that you have been blessed with a great treasure trove of vintage scents and scent bottles. Some gorgeous fragrances - wow! A perfume reference work I cite above features your Christian Dior bottle. Great book written by a fine and gracious scholar. Christie Mayer Lefkowith - The Art of Perfume: Discovering and Collecting Perfume Bottles, NYC: Thames and Hudson, 1994. A used copy can be found from time to time on ebay. I recommend that you buy this book if you wish to collect perfume bottles. She has 'insiders' access, is a splendid connoiseur, and the book is captivating. Thanks again! Regards, miKKo
  6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thanks so much for your kind appreciation, packrat-place!!! miKKO
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much, AmberRose, for your most kind appreciation! miKKo
  8. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much, Deanteaks, for your kind appreciation!!!
  9. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you, kindly, Marc 112!!!
  10. Bron357, 2 years ago
    Hi, I have just purchased at auction this same Lalique perfume bottle. It stands at 9 and a half inches in height. I paid a large sum for it, it's beauty is unsurpassed. This is my first perfume bottle, I have a modest Lalique collection. But my question is, would this bottle, it's gigantic, have actually held perfume? Thank you for any info.
  11. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, thank you kindly for your appreciation of my Dans la Nuit boule!

    How wonderful that you should have found one of these in such a large size! I celebrate with you. Splendid!

    I will need some more information, please, to answer your question.

    1.) I assume that the bottle had the same patination - matte blue cobalt stain over frosted glass base, and not matte blue cobalt creme paint finish. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    2.) The stopper style: is it exactly like mine, or does it say 'dans la nuit' in raised calligraphic font on the stopper?
    3.) Any hang tag? If so, please indicate whether the "W" has serifs. A photo would be great.
    4.) Is it still sealed? If so, please describe the seal.
    5.) Any box? If so, please describe the box in detail. Photo would be even better.
    6.) Markings on bottom. Don't despair if there are none. That doesn't mean that it's not Lalique.
    7.) Any provenance? Know how old it is - any idea?

    When I get your info, I will get to work on it. Might take me a while. I am in the middle of the plains, without a good research library, and I have significant medical problems. But I won't forget you. In general, yes, it is possible that it held perfume. (A splendid gesture of devotion, perhaps.) I think that I saw one of this height, or near to it, in a book by Christie Mayer Lefkowith. I will go to that library next week.

    So happy you found one! Regards, miKKo
  12. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. I just logged onto ebay and found an example of the boule in the creme enamel finish. I'd like to know whether the finish on your bottle is chalky like mine, or smooth creme enamel like the one on ebay. Here's a link to ebay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LALIQUE-French-Art-Glass-FULL-Blue-DANS-LA-NUIT-Stars-Perfume-Bottle-/270979703579?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f17a6231b

    I keep thinking about your beautiful flacon! Any staining on the shoulders consistent with its having once held perfume? Observe how the shoulders of my bottle have been stained with perfume? That would be great evidence. Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you when you've got time. Regards, miKKo
  13. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. If your bottle features the cobalt stain like mine, and not the cobalt creme enamel finish like the bottle in the eBay link above, I can now confirm that your 9 and 1/2 inch (24 cm) bottle could have contained perfume. It is the largest bottle in the grouping that Christie Mayer Lefkowith presents on p. 147 of the English edition of her book "The Art of Perfume: Discovering and Collecting Perfume Bottles" (1994). This would truly have been a luxurious gift. Whichever version you have, congratulations on a superb find! Regards, miKKo
  14. Bron357, 2 years ago
    Hi, thanks, it is with the stars and moon stopper, no W no writing. On the base it has R Lalique in block raised print in the bottle itself around the outside edge as well as signed is script (etched in) Lalique France. It came without any tags or box. It was a deceased estate auction with many beautiful things, it was authenticated by the auction house as being early, genuine Lalique. We originally thought, from the auction photo (catalogue) that it was a small bottle as they gave no dimensions, and we're stunned to see this huge bottle instead. The stopper is stuck or tight and at this point I'm not forcing it. I did find another one on the Internet for sale at $9,500! Shock! We paid $2000 for ours. The blue colour is an overcoat or wash, it is not in the glass colour. There are very few marks on it ie scratches or the like and no chips of course. It looks as if it has lived its life in a cabinet. The lady who passed was apparently in her late 80s and had had this bottle in the family since new (it was said to have been her mothers). They also had some fabulous Wedgwood pieces and Faberge as well. I think it was a factice ie it was a display bottle and never held perfume. Cheers
  15. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. Thanks much for the details. I have some questions.

    Mine is a cobalt stain/wash over frosted uncolored glass. Cobalt stain presents as thoroughly matte - almost chalky, as a velvety (without nap, of course) cobalt blue night sky. By contrast, the blue creme enamel version - see the one in the above eBay link - is not as thoroughly matte, not at all chalky, not velvety - though it is cobalt. My answer assumed that your bottle was just like mine.

    The Lalique hallmark is desirable, but I don't need it, unless there is a question of the stopper being a marriage. I see no point in considering this possibility, as you just reported that the bottle was authenticated by the auction house. I'm not surprised that it came to auction without a box. If the stopper is original, the latest point the bottle could have been produced was the mid-1930's, according to the latest data I consulted. The "W" in question would have appeared on the hang tags and the box - neither of which you have, so we cannot consider its presence or absence and what it might indicate. Very wise of you not to force the stopper!! There are techniques for easing a frozen stopper - not always successful. I would be very cautious; you would have to hunt a long time to replace this.

    Now, why do you think that it was a factice? Merely because the bottle is huge? Is there any residue on the neck or bottle shoulders consistent with its having held perfume? Compare my bottle, please. Of course, absence of stain/residue doesn't indicate that bottle never held perfume, merely that it might well never have contained it. Some things to keep in mind: 1.) I have seen many Worth perfume factice bottles that had a paper label on the bottom that read 'FACTICE'. Yours has no factice label. 2.) Many factice bottles did contain scent. 3.) Some of the early Worth perfume and EDT bottles are enormous by our standards. Remember that the House of Worth was a most prestigious couture house when your bottle was produced - waning, it's true, but in decline from a position of the greatest eminence. These early bottles were clearly luxury gifts. I hesitate to say this since I don't want to commit myself to a search to verify the sizes of all the members of the set of the Dans la Nuit and Je Reviens lines, but I will say that I seem to recall a few or several Worth bottles at or near 12" in height. I might be mistaken, but I think I have seen huge early bottles that were filled with perfume or EDT and which were not factices. I don't think that one can assume that your bottle was a factice and that it did not contain perfume without further research. If you acquired this from one of the big auction houses, I would ask them to research the question for you if you feel you need the answer. They might well be willing. They certainly have resources. Another option would be to ask one of the experts. Two who could speak to this question are Christie Mayer Lefkowith and Kenneth Leach. I have the greatest respect for them both.

    One thing I find suggestive – though not conclusive, is the absence of hang tags. I think that Dans la Nuit factice bottles came with hang tags. Off the top of my head, I can think of only three reasons one might remove hang tags. 1.) To access the perfume. 2.) Because they were damaged. 3.) To better display the elemental 'geometric' presence of the flacon - or to better feature another of the flacon's qualities. If someone wanted to preserve a perfect issue of a Dans la Nuit boule, I think it more likely that they would have kept the tags intact. Of course, this argument goes only so far. I am myself a minimalist, and if I owned this, I might well have displayed it without the hang tags, though I would certainly have preserved them.

    As for the price tag, there might be many factors at play. With the decline in the economy, it is much harder to achieve the highest sale prices on many of the Lalique commercial perfume bottles. Further, it is often easier to get a better price at auction than in a gallery.

    You have a magnificent flacon here, a veritable treasure! I am very happy for you.

    If you get a definitive answer on whether or not your bottle was a factice AND whether or not it contained perfume, please do visit me again and let me know the verdict, the authority, and the criteria used to decide the questions. I love to learn. Thank you very much for sharing your TREASURE! Regards, miKKo
  16. Bron357, 2 years ago
    Hi, thanks so much for you information. I have just assumed it was a factice. My mother has a magnificent collection of miniatures and factices and I just assumed it must be a display bottle as it would be nearly a gallon of perfume if it was filled! My mothers factices (modern types are all huge hence my assumption). The bottle had been in the same display cabinet, untouched apparently, for more than 50 years. The actual display cabinet (art deco) was also an auction item. I imagine the box was either thrown out or not kept. Many people don't understand about keeping the box! I can't see any evidence of perfume around the stopper. I am going to photo it tomorrow and put it up on this site. Cheers.
  17. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. I have confirmed that Je Reviens came in sizes all the way up to and including 29cm. I think that Requete (Marc Lalique) also came in sizes as high as 29cm, but I cannot locate that info right now. My info is from the Utt's book "Lalique Perfume Bottles" (1990). The sizes given therein for the boule and other Dans la Nuit fragrance bottles: "various". I recently saw one of the very early DLN EDT/cologne bottles at auction. Had a leather! hang tag and it was perfect. I was struck by the pristine condition of the bottle and by its ENORMOUS size. It was not a factice. Don't have a record of it. Regards, miKKo
  18. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bellin68. Thank you kindly, sir!
  19. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. News for you from Christie Mayer Lefkowith's recently published book, "L'Art de René Lalique flacons et boîtes à poudre", which the Lalique firm commissioned in honor of the 150th anniversary of Rene Lalique's birth. It is a very expensive book, and no libraries around here seem to be carrying it. I expect that this is due to the book's price tag, for the book is glorious. Because it might well be hard for you to find, too, and expensive for you to buy, I will report some information that I think you'll find interesting.

    Rene Lalique kept good records. I don't have access to them, but CML reports some very interesting information. The Rene Lalique et Cie 'model register' mentions the DLN boule model on March 29, 1924. According to my reading, our stopper was the first stopper style. On Jan. 20, 1926, a one-ounce boule is recorded, and after Nov 22, 1929, the one-ounce boule was produced with both stopper styles. However, I see a photo of the boule with the 'dans la nuit calligraphic' stopper, and it is dated 'after 1925'. The boule was rendered in a number of sizes, though I have no enumeration of the full set of sizes, nor do I have the timetable for their design or issue. On October 5, 1938 there is a notation that a DLN perfume boule was produced in a size of 9.8 inches. The 9.8 inch boule had the 'dans la nuit' stopper. By citing this information, I don't mean to imply that the boule wasn't produced in even larger sizes later. I don't know. Regards, miKKo

    Christie Mayer Lefkowith, "The Art of René Lalique: flacons et powder boxes", NY: Editions Sylissimo, 2010, pp. 344-46.
  20. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. This should be my last posting on this question. I've been researching Lalique Worth factices, and I've found a number of huge Worth said-to-be-factice bottles sold at auction in the last seven years -- too many to list. However, I found what I think might be the other DLN factice you found on the internet - from the CFM Gallery link I posted on the Diorissimo Baccarat show and tell item? What a beauty this boule is! CFM Director Neil Zukerman, who listed it, spoke with me about it. I don't find a book mention of the boule in a 10.5" size, but his is truly 10.5". Mr. Zukerman purchased this as a factice. He has not seen this size with hang tags. He thought it unlikely that this size would have held perfume. Mr. Zukerman's bottle has a paper label on the bottom, but we don't know at this time what it reads. Contrast this with the 9.5 inch boule, sealed!, and with hang tags! on p. 147 of Christie Mayer Lefkowith's "The Art of Perfume...". FYI, Mr. Zukerman provides two dates for his 10.5 boule: pre-1924 because of the R. Lalique signature, and pre-1934 because of the star moon stopper....Regards, miKKo

    By the way, the CFM boule was just reduced to $8,500. It’s a beauty.
  21. Bron357, 2 years ago
    Thank you so much for all your information. Yes, the CFM Gallery one is the one i found on the internet. When I saw the bottle (which we bought) I really really wanted it. We of course don't buy things to resell, we buy to keep and enjoy for many years to come. One final question for you if I may, how would we go about attempting to remove the stopper? I would like to display it with a light box underneath (low wattage of course) but my concern is that if the air inside heats up and the stopper is airtight, heavens forbid, if I should cause a crack in the bottle! Many thanks again
  22. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. Thanks much for your kind words. You're most welcome!

    It sounds like a splendid display idea! I like to put my flacon in the window and watch the light play on it through twilight. Your idea is more 'controlled'.

    You are right to be cautious. If you would like to see what could happen to your bottle if the stopper is forced, take a look at my other perfume bottle. I purchased it broken because I love it, and it is so very scarce that I thought it unlikely that I'd ever find another. I suspect that it was likely broken during a misguided attempt to remove a broken stopper.

    Now, if there is a number incised by hand on the bottom of your bottle, it will most likely be the ID number incised on base bottom and base/plug end of stopper in order to indicate that these two belonged together. Lalique took care that the stopper would fit the base exactly. For this reason, I think it imprudent to try the lever/pry method advocated in the second link. I wouldn't use any force.

    Here are the two links that provide various methods for unfreezing a stopper. I think the first link is far superior to the second. Best wishes for success!

    Regards, miKKo

    More prudent attack:

    http://sorceryofscent.blogspot.com/2010/11/faq-how-do-i-remove-perfume-stopper.html

    Less cautious attack:

    http://thevintageperfumevault.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-to-remove-frozen-or-stuck-perfume.html
  23. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, SAM713!!!
  24. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Deanteaks!!!
  25. Bron357, 2 years ago
    Hi, sorry all. Haven't forgotten about the photo! Except I'm overseas now in Orlando Florida on holiday. I'm going to also post some of my mums photos. I decided not to try and take off the stopper. And we have one Lalique reference book which I dug out. Guess what is on the cover photo, this magnificent bottle. Cheers
  26. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bron357. Good to hear from you! Best wishes for a splendid holiday in sunny Orlando, Florida. Can't wait to see your Mother's photos and your magnificent Boule! Thanks for checking in with us. A goodbye appropriate for Florida (in case you've not heard it before): See ya later alligator! miKKo
  27. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, officialfuel!
  28. VolDeNuit, 2 years ago
    Gorgeous, MiKKo!! There is something about those diaphanous stars and lovely blue that makes this flacon such a treasure! Wonderful to see yours has original label and twine too! :)
  29. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, VolDeNuit! Yes, I do love these Worth Art Deco flacons. Parfum was a beautiful encounter in those days. Have you seen that obnoxious 'reissue' of the classic Shalimar batwing flacon - the one with the Tau stopper? Why ever did they do that?....Regards, miKKo
  30. VolDeNuit, 2 years ago
    I also have a soft spot for Worth! I would LOVE to find a brilliant green SANS ADIEU or dreamy PROJETS flacon :)
    Yes - the Shalimar flacon has had many facelifts in recent years, but nothing beats the original, IMO. It is hard to improve on perfection :)
  31. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, VolDeNuit! Oh, yes, a Sans Adieu, by all means!!! By the way, I don't care for the Lalique reissue of the Sans Adieu - do you? It is beautiful, but not nearly as beautiful as the old one. I wonder why they did that.

    I sold a 1930's Projets last year - sealed, original tags, original box. Hard to come by. I'm sure that Kenneth Leach or Christie Mayer Lefkowith could find you one if you chose to go that route, but I suspect that you love to sleuth. Best wishes for success on your hunt.

    Exceptional collection you have. Can't wait for more. Thank you! Regards, miKKo
  32. VolDeNuit, 2 years ago
    Hello! Part of the joy of collecting for me is the thrill of the chase... nothing compares to having your heart hammer when you find a Viard flacon at a fleamarket, or a rare presentation for a few dollars. Don't you think?
    How wonderful that you owned a Projets flacon - Im green!! :)

    No, I dont think too highly of the re-issue of Sans Adieu by Lalique - it looks rigid and lacks the charm and character of the original flacon.

    :)
  33. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Exactly, VolDeNuit! If Rene Lalique were alive today, I think he'd be in shock over the Sans Adieu reissue. The old one transported the viewer to another realm, this one reminds you that you're in an expensive store.

    Oh, yes, the chase! Regards, miKKo
  34. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Deanteaks!!! : )
  35. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, AR8Jason!!! : )
  36. chinablue chinablue, 2 years ago
    miKKo, how in the WORLD did you let me miss this!? You should have kicked me or thrown something at me when you posted this beauty! :-)
  37. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 1 year ago
    Oh, chinablue, It's so good to see you!!! So sorry that I didn't see your comment! If you had seen all of the soup cans with blue labels and blue cream soda I purchased in order to photograph my kitchen, you'd know that you are highly esteemed. We miss you here! Do please take care in that snow - expect that nsvmom got a lot of it!, and perhaps you got a lot, too. Greetings to nsvmom and Jimbo! : D
  38. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 1 year ago
    Oh, dear! Looks like I've overlooked nsvmom and bratjdd, as well! So sorry!!! Thank you very much for your kind appreciation!!! : ) Nsvmom, do please take care in the snow. BRRRR : D
  39. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much for your kind appreciation, antiquesandcollectibles38!!! : )
  40. Cobra1958, 11 months ago
    I have one with the box and atomizer. Writing on bottom of bottle. Also seems to still have perfume in it. I have no idea the worth of it. Any help would be appreciated.

    Art
  41. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 months ago
    Hi, Cobra1958! Nice to meet you. I have been out on 'sick leave', but I saw your comment, and logged on. (Gone so long, couldn't remember my password.)

    Since you haven't posted photos, I can speak only in generalizations, though I can recommend two extraordinary Lalique 'dealers' to you.

    First, I don't know if you're interested in buying or selling. Market is bad for sellers, unless item is truly rare or desirable and perfect. If you have an early issue Rene Lalique DLN Boule with atomizer, original contents, and original box - all in good condition, then you have a desirable item.

    Factors affecting value: condition of the bottle (including staining on shoulders), type of patina, stopper design, condition of the original seal (much greater value if still intact and contents in good condition), condition of perfume contents, presence of hang tags in good condition, presence of staining in box, integrity and cleanliness of box, early Lalique hallmarks, bottle size, presence of hand-etched number on bottle base - and if bottle has been opened, corresponding number on ground glass stopper base, in your case, also condition of atomizer unit (I expect that the rubber shall have degraded.), presence of any original box ' papers' from Worth. Labels or tags on exterior of box indicating organization selling item can be helpful. In general, as close to original issue an item is, the greater the value to the collector.

    Now, two eminent Lalique dealers who are highly recommended: Mr. Kenneth Leach (of Gallery 47 Manhattan) and Ms. Christine Mayer Lefkowith. You can reach Mr. Leach at info@Gallery47.com and Ms. Mayer Lefkowith at mayerlef@panix.com.

    You can sample a description of some of Ms. Mayer Lefkowith's works through her English portal, which is linked under the "Resources" tab on the website of the International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA), which Association is a great resource.

    IBPA's CML link directly below.

    http://www.mayerlef.com/1.1Intro.html

    A good CFM bio:

    http://www.mayerlef.com/2.1Bio.html

    Ms. Mayer Lefkowith was chosen by Lalique to write a work commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of M. René Lalique, and her recently published "The Art of René Lalique, flacons and powder boxes", available in both French and English editions, is a scholarly treasure. Expensive book, so might be hard to find in a library near you. I encourage you to check it out, as there is on Page 346 of the English edition an image of a very early edition of the Boule in box with atomizer. This Boule issue is dated "1924" in photo caption, and in addition to the atomizer, the ensemble features the following distinctive features: "dans la nuit" calligraphic stopper, hang tags on shortened silver arms, presence of a silver metal chain - yes! - linking stopper to bottle.

    The René Lalique et Cie 'Register of Models' has an entry dated Dec. 21, 1925 that mentions four models of Boule issued with the new calligraphic "dans la nuit" stopper. One of them is a 7 inch 'vaporizer' - atomizer. (I don't know the size of the flacon when the "dans la nuit" stopper is inserted in lieu of atomizer attachment. I think it is 5.5 inches, but I cannot be absolutely sure. You can follow this discussion on pp. 344-346 of CFM's 'Lalique'.)

    Here's a review of the Lalique book on IPBA.

    http://www.perfumebottles.org/book-review/1167/art-rene-lalique-flacons-and-powder-boxes

    If you have one of these issues in a highly desirable condition, you might wish to consult the Mr. Leach or Ms. Mayer Lefkowith. Personally, I'd not rely on a published book for value of said item. Hope this helps a little. Hope you post your treasure! (Please let me know if you post your treasure by posting a note on this page.) Best wishes, miKKo
  42. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 10 months ago
    Thank you very much for your kind appreciation, Moonstonelover and smiata!!! : )
  43. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 10 months ago
    Fantastic looking bottle and great info with it.

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