Vintage 1920s Aladin by Rosine Luxury Edition Perfume Bottle
Type of Bottle: commercial
Age: introduced in 1919
Fragrance Name: Aladin. Based on the character in The Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin. The oriental style perfume's composition was blended from aldehydes, incense, sandalwood and musk. The name Aladin was trademarked for perfume on May 28, 1919 and was introduced in a magnificent presentation reflecting Paul Poiret's life as the so-called "Pasha of Paris". Aladin perfume was probably discontinued around 1930.
Perfume Company: Rosine
Les Parfums de Rosine were established in 1911 by designer Paul Poiret with his wife Denise at 107 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore in Paris. Rosine sold perfumes, toiletries and cosmetics as fitting accessories for his avant garde fashions. The company was named after Poiret's eldest daughter. Many artists and illustrators worked for Rosine. Poiret lost financial control around 1925 and the business was later acquired by Societe Centrale de la Parfumerie Francais (L. Legrand) in 1930 and managed by Madame Nevarte Cordero. Most of the existing Rosine perfumes were produced until the 1950s in standard presentations.
Poiret's perfumes were created with the help of the perfumer-glassmaker Maurice Schaller, and later with the celebrated Almeras.
The perfume bottles for Rosine were produced by Depinoix and Lefebure et Cie as well as Poiret's own companies Atelier Colin & Atelier Martine. Most of the bottles were hand painted at Atelier Martine. The packaging of his perfumes resembled the look and materials of his fashions, with great emphasis on vivid colors, opulent textures and harlequin and Oriental lampshade patterns.
A 1918 newspaper article in the Pittsburgh Press reads:
"The Scents of Rosine are the unique perfumes of Paul Poiret Paris each one intended to express by its odor and the character of the package, some tradition or emotion. They are coveted by women who desire the exclusive and individual in toilet requisites, and are found in our Toilet Goods Section, in their various attractive forms. Joseph Horne & Co."
Interesting side note: Actress Evelyn Brent owned a Aladin by Rosine perfume bottle, as evidenced in a photo of her perfume bottle collection in 1930.
Bottle Origin: France.
Description: Pewter or similar metal perfume flacon inspired by a Middle Eastern flacon from the Medieval period, rectangular section, rounded shoulders identically cast front and back with "Aladin, Rosine" and with two confrontational mythical creatures. Each shoulder is cast with a protruding loop, pierced in the middle to connect with the loop of a steel chain. Clear crystal faceted stopper, a replacement. This bottle is the luxury edition, the regular version is made up of clear and frosted glass with a Bakelite button stopper. The bottle has is cast with the legend "Aladin . Rosine" and the verso has a legend that reads "Paris . France".
Markings: Base has several labels: "Aladin Parfum", "Rosine" and "Paris France"
Measurements: bottle stands nearly 3" tall.
Condition: excellent, missing original stopper.
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Von Zezschwitz Art & Design Auctions, October 2005, (sold for $1040 without stopper)
Aristocratic Auction Services, June 23, 2012: sold for $3,750 (with box and original stopper)