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TWO VINTAGE GLASS DESIGNER PERFUME BOTTLES, CIRCA FIRST HALF 20TH CENTURY, comprising a "Savoir Faire" glass Eau de Perfume fragrance bottle, for Dorothy Gray, circa 1936, clear bulbous glass flacon centered by a black enameled face mask issuing gilt and molded ribbons on either side, large gilt metal molded screw cap, reversing to a large silvered paper label with black serigraphy naming the scent, perfumer, over "4 fl.oz..," height: 3 3/4"; a "Suivez-Moi" figural molded frosted glass perfume bottle for House of Tre-Jur, circa 1925, the flacon molded in the shape of a tiered full skirt covered in various miscellaneous symbols, the stopper in the form of a woman with her hands together in front of her, wearing a distinctive demilune atop her head, reversing to an illegibly acid etch marked base, height: 4". NOTE: Offered together, these two unique commercial flacons share a similar history. In 1926, cosmetics pioneer Carl Weeks (American 1876-1962) sued both Tre-Jur and Dorothy Gray for trademark infringement, arguing that the hoop skirted ladies, which had become recognizable logos for both companies, shared too many similarities with the logo designed for his cosmetics firm, Armand Company. Weeks won the formal dispute, prompting both Tre-Jur and Dorothy Gray to change their beloved emblems. Beginning December 1926, Tre-Jur redesigned all of their products with a new profile of a lady without a hooped skirt. Dorothy Gray also took up a new neoclassical logo for compacts and cases. For the "Savoir Faire" line, however, a black mask motif was adopted exclusively for the fragrance. Special thanks to Compactstory and Grace E. Hummel.

Condition

Both bottles in good condition, with no apparent major cracks, chips, or repairs. The "Savoir Faire" bottle with gilt loss and emptied of original fragrance. There is some wear to the silvered label on base, but it remains legible. The "Suivez-Moi" bottle has also been emptied of original perfume, does not show signs of enamel or colored glass as do other examples, and appears to have worn acid etched information or markings on base, though difficult to see. Both correctly marked. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS."

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TWO VINTAGE GLASS DESIGNER PERFUME BOTTLES, CIRCA FIRST

Auction ended on Sun, Mar 6, 2016
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