Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ming Toy by Forest c1923

The magnificent Ming Toy was created for Forest in 1923. The name is an anglicized version of a Chinese name. Ming Toy is a Chinese girl in the musical comedy "East Is West" from  (1918). The name is one of many exotic perfumes manufactured in the 1920s given Near Eastern inspired names including: Shanghai, Le Temple Chinois,  Mitsouko, Wanaranee, Crepe de Chine, Tsingtao, Mitsuiva, Hasu-No-Hana, Lucille de Chine, Kai Sang, Phul-Nana, Cha Ming, Kananga du Japon, Vale of Kashmar, Ming, Cho-Cho-San, Tsang-Ihang, Mai Wang, Kesako, Yoshiwara, Chin Ching, and Chu-Chin-Chow.

Ruth Bainter and Hassard Short in Ming Toy.

Ming Toy Perfume Bottle. On March 25, 1924, Leon Cohn of Paris, France, patented his design in America for a perfume bottle. The bottle represented a seated figure of a Chinese girl with fan in hand and fancy headdress which formed the stopper of the bottle. The bottle was manufactured by Baccarat. The name "Ming Toy" is painted across the face of the fan, and the bottle of crystal glass has been decorated with colored enamels and gold. The bottle stands 4 3/8" tall.

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