Thursday, January 23, 2014

Parfums Ramses

Parfums Ramses of Paris France & Cairo Egypt. Established in 1916 by M. de Bertalot with Orosdi-Back. Ramses became a major exporter to Africa and the Far East, with offices in Paris and Istanbul.



Opened a sumptuous shop that had five monumental marble figures of pharaohs on the exterior. This elegant facade was destroyed in 1929 after the company had failed.

Products of lower quality bearing the Ramses named had existed until the 1940s.

Ramses was best known for having created luxurious perfume presentations with ancient Egyptian themes.

The Orosdi Company was a successful perfume exporter managed by Leon Orosdi, the heir of founder Emile Orosdi who had made a fortune exporting Bourjois products to the Orient.







The perfumes of Ramses:
  • 1916 L'Etoile de Egypte
  • 1916 Secret de Femme
  • 1916 Hanem
  • 1916 Temr Henna
  • 1916 Rose Antique
  • 1916 Secret du Sphinx
  • 1916 L'Ivresse d'Amour
  • 1916 Folie d'Opium
  • 1918 Lotus Sacre
  • 1919 Ramses IV
  • 1920 Sidon
  • 1920 Ioldys
  • 1920 Ambre de Nubie
  • 1920 Sphinx D'Or
  • 1920 Chypre
  • 1920 Origan
  • 1920 Narcisse
  • 1920 Rose
  • 1920 Lilac
  • 1920 Violette
  • 1920 Bouquet
  • 1920 Jasmin
  • 1920 Orchid
  • 1920 Jasmin d'Egypte
  • 1920 Hycsos/Hyksos
  • 1920 Folie de Fleurs
  • 1920 Douce Melodie
  • 1922 Linkerie

Bottles:


Sphinx d'Or by Ramses: launched in 1923, figural sphinx shaped bottle resting on a plinth. I have not seen this bottle in person, only in a 1923 advertisement, so I am wondering if the sphinx was gilded. The bottle was of Baccarat crystal.




Ambre de Nubie by Ramses: launched in 1919. Name refers to the land of Nubia, which was where the ancient Egyptians mined their gold. Figural bottle featuring a lion headed god with nemes headdress with the cow horned sun disk crown, shape of bottle mimics a sarcophagus.


Ramses IV by Ramses: launched in 1919: Named after the ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Baccarat perfume bottle of J. Viard design in clear and frosted crystal with grey patina in shape of pharaoh's head, stopper is a smaller version of the royal double plumed crown. Stenciled BACCARAT. 4 3/4"tall. Estimate $6,500 - $8,500.



Le Secret du Sphinx by Ramses: launched in 1917, Baccarat bottle shaped as a Canopic jar in clear glass decorated with hieroglyphs and frosted stopper head of pharaoh in grey patina. Stenciled Baccarat. Stands 4” tall. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Price realized at auction: $35,250.







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