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Saturday, September 21, 2013

JC Brosseau Ombre Rose vs. Mury Narcisse Bleu Perfume

This guide was created in 2008 to help educate buyers and sellers on two very distinct perfume bottles that often are mistaken for one another. The perfume bottles in question are

Mury's Narcisse Bleu of 1925
and
Jean Charles Brosseau's Ombre Rose of 1981

JC Brosseau copied the original design of Mury's perfume bottle, modified it and adapted it to his own perfume Ombre Rose in 1981. I am constantly seeing people misidentifying the Ombre Rose bottle for the Mury bottle. The JC Brosseau bottle is not "antique", not "1930s" and not "rare". This is how I usually see this bottle described in titles and listings.

  • Mury's bottles were made by Verreries Brosse. 
  • The JC Brosseau perfume bottles were made by Waltersperger.

A super easy way to distinguish the 1920s bottle from the 1980s bottle is to look at the base, bottles from Brosseau are embossed "JC Brosseau" on the base. You will often find Brosseau bottles with a modern spray mechanism, plastic overcap and plastic siphon inside. These features are NOT on the 1920s bottles from Mury.

Mury had a very different type of stopper than JC Brosseau's bottle. Brosseau's bottle often had a round clear glass or plastic stopper or cap. Mury's bottle has a frosted glass stopper molded with flowers.



Mury bottles should have their original blue and gold labels stating "Narcisse Bleu Mury" on the front right in the center of the bottle. Ombre Rose bottles lack this label, and instead have clear labels on the base.

JC Brosseau 

Mury bottle. photo by Perfume Bottles Auction


Take a look at these two bottles side by side and you will see the differences. Look at the center of the bottles, they are very different. The Mury bottles have slightly rounded corners whilst the Brosseau bottles have more sharper corners. Look at the overall frosted designs on both bottles, each is different. The neck of the Mury bottle is much higher and thicker than the Brosseau bottle.


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