vintage-perfume

Paulding Farnham, Perfume Bottle for Tiffany & Co, 1893. New York. Gold, agate, yellow sapphires, dementoid garnets, red garnets, and amethyst.

Honey is the thematic scheme of this unique vessel. The agate body suggests the cell-like shape and waxen material of the honeycomb; the diagonal pattern, its texture. The lid’s surface features honeysuckle leaves, honeybees, and bumblebees. This small object was one of the jewels of the Tiffany & Company display at the Chicago Exposition of 1893.

Parfums Lucien Lelong, Lipstick and box, 1935-42. Paris. FIDMmuseum

The French couturierfirst began creating perfumes in 1926 with the introduction of the ABC perfume trio. He clearly understood the potential of diversifying, as he established a Chicago branch almost immediately. Lelong took a personal interest in the appearance of his perfume and cosmetics, often designing the packaging himself. More

I love the idea of vintage perfume bottles. A single scent can bring back a bouquet of memories. It can send you spinning into a feeling, a place that you thought you had completely forgotten. Imagine the number of memories held within a single vintage perfume. Imagine the hundreds or even thousands of people who wore this scent, their spouses, children, and friends who could identify them by one smell. Imagine the number of memories held within one bottle.

“As perfume doth remain In the folds where it hath lain, So the thought of you, remaining Deeply folded in my brain, Will not leave me: all things leave me: You remain.”
Arthur Symons