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Jabot by Lucien Lelong (1939)

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    So this glass bottle was produced by Verreries Brosse for Lucien Lelong, whose history is long and interesting. The son of a Parisian fabric maker, Lucien displayed his talent for designing clothes early in life, studied at an art and design school, then entered the military during WWI where he won a medal for valor, the Croix de Guerre, then when his service was over, went into his father's line of work and married soon afterwards. Talented, handsome, a military hero, well-educated, wealthy, and with a head for business, he opened a shop in Paris and began to show his collections, then produced fragrances as an accessory to his clothing, or rather, for the woman who would wear the clothes he created. Lelong met and eventually married a glamorous royal family member, Princess Natalia Romanov Paley, who modeled for him, and was a favorite subject of the famous photographers of the era. Part of the elite core of French couture, Dior, Givenchy, Balmain, all of whom first worked in his shop before opening their own houses, the couple moved in fashion circles as well as high society. While the marriage was supposedly in name only (though he was married three times, produced children from two of the marriages, and had several romances with women, Lucien was said to be homosexual), both had passionate love affairs on the side, Natalia with a Russian dancer, Lucien with a model dying of tuberculosis; in the meantime, the business thrived and expanded, including his perfumes. Initially the glass bottles, known as skyscrapers, were produced by Lalique, and the fragrances were named simply by letters, A, B, C, N, and J (using letters and numbers was a practice common in the day, hence Chanel #5), then as the 20s went out, added names to the perfumes, creating twenty seven in total over his career. Married a third time, Lucien Lelong fell ill in 1948 and closed his shop but continued to produce his line of fragrances until his death in 1958. In the manner of legendary fashion houses, Lelong perfumes were merchandised decades after his passing, and in the nineties were re-introduced at high end retailers. The bottle I own once held the fragrance known as Jabot, described as an Oriental perfume. Molded glass with gilt touches and a pale blue Bakelite topper, there is a bit of residue inside (second photo) which gives off a delicate floral scent. Thanks for looking.

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    1. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      Gorgeous bottle and love the stopper!
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, aura, AdeleC, Ivonne, vetraio50, and sklo42. :)

      Thanks, sklo, it is a great bottle. :)
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, ttomtucker, brunswick, bijoucaillouvintage, and blunderbuss2. :)

      Thomas, thank you, one of the joys of collecting is searching down and finding a wealth of fascinating information on something you happen to pick up somewhere. I love it when that happens! :)
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      It's beautiful Katherine :)...I have one of their bottles in another scent I posted years ago, but mine is missing it's top.
    5. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Wow Katherine!
      I enjoyed your write-up as much as your beautiful bottle!

      Apart the stopper, it really has an ancient glass design :-)
    6. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      thanks for this wonderful post
    7. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the love, officialfuel, fortapache, mikelv85, TassieDevil, jscott0363, kyratango, kivatinitz, swfinluv, and valentino97. :)

      Thanks, Mike, for the compliment. I don't believe I saw your bottle thread, will take a look and see. :)

      Thanks, Pascale, you are always so kind, my friend. Yes, the design was what first appealed to me, and the earlier bottles were even more beautiful, they were produced in the Art Moderne era by Lalique. Early glamour! :)

      Thanks, kiv, I'm so glad you liked it. :)
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Nicefice, for the love and your very nice compliments. :)

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