Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lalique Perfumes in the 1920s

Art & Decoration, Volumes 15-16, 1921.
"In France, when a new perfume appears on the market in a beautifully modeled glass flacon, there springs up the appreciative exclamation — "Ah, another creation of La- lique — exquisite," or, "Is the bottle by Lalique or Baccarat?" The maker of the perfume is proud of the fact that his flacon is by Lalique: he “features” the fact - he believes, in fact he knows, that the name of Lalique will mean something to people, will add to the prestige and the welcome which will be accorded his product. 
Here, in a similar case, the manufacturer would not at once think of going to some such resourceful and imaginative artist as Manship for the design of a perfume bottle. He would not feel that Manship’s name would add any practical value to the new product. And if some one urged an American perfumer to go to Manship for a design (to keep to our purely hypothetical case) it is almost certain that it would not occur to him to bring out the fact for the enlightenment of the public. “ 

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