Warman’s features perfume containers

Baccarat, for J. Viard, Madhva "Ta Wao," gilded and enameled crystal, with original beaded tassel, circa 1923, marked Baccarat, 2 1/2 inches high. $5,000. All photos courtesy Rago Arts and Auction Center, Lambertville, N.J.;

The earliest known perfume containers date back more than 4,000 years.

Knowledge of perfumery came to Europe as early as the 14th century, due partially to the spread of Islam.

The Hungarians introduced the first modern perfume. Made of scented oils blended in an alcohol solution, it was made in 1370 at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and was known throughout Europe as “Hungary Water.”

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Schiaparelli, "Sans Souci," clear glass with interior blown windmill, sealed with lace cap and hang tag, with animated figural box and outer box, circa 1943, 3 1/2 inches high. $6,500.
R. Lalique, for Molinard, "Le Baiser Du Faune," clear and frosted glass, circa 1928, molded R. LALIQUE, engraved Molinard Paris France, 5 3/4 inches high. $4,000.
Brosse Jovoy, "Hallo! Coco!", enameled glass, cord sealed, in rare cage display, with box, circa 1924, bottle 4 inches high. $13,000.

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