A COLLECTION OF ELSA SCHIAPARELLI (French/Italian 1890-1967) FIGURAL FRAGRANCE BOTTLE PRESENTATIONS, CIRCA 1940, comprising an unopened "Snuff" for men, circa 1940, the clear glass flacon in the form of a pipe with a gilt neck and amber colored mouthpiece, the acid etched pot and molded mouth piece naming the cologne, length: 5 1/2", accompanied by a black pull-tie perfume pouch embroidered "Schiaparelli"; along with Schiaparelli's first and most recognizable "Shocking" perfume bottle presentation, designed by Léonor Fini (Argentinian 1907-1996), circa 1937, the glass flacon molded in the shape of a clothes designer's dress form, a small measuring tape label wrapped around the bottle's neck and crossing the torso's center, gold cording around the circular stepped dauber, ornamented with bright glass flowers situated upright on wire supports, base molded "Schiaparelli," the whole housed in an ovular glass dome with white lace sprayed trim near foot, on a conformingly shaped red and gold cardboard base, height: 4"; accompanied by two miniature glass replica "Shocking" flacons, both in the form of a torso with screw cap stopper, one retaining remnants of original perfume, height: 2". (4) NOTE: Both of these fragrances were named after color shades created and coined by Elsa Schiaparelli (French/Italian 1890-1967) for her high fashion and ready-to-wear clothing lines. "Snuff" is Schiaparelli's distinct shade of brown. The cologne was introduced as the perfect scent to compliment a sporting gentleman with a fondness for wearing tweed suits. The eye-catching pipe shape was inspired by the oil painting "The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe)," 1929, by Surrealist René Magritte (Belgian 1898-1967) currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Similarly, Schiaparelli's first and most famous fragrance, "Shocking", was named after her signature shade of pink. The flacon was designed by Surrealist artist Léonor Fini (Argentinian 1907-1996), who found inspiration in a life-size cast model of movie star Mae West (American 1893-1980) delivered to Schiaparelli prior to the actress's 1937 "Every Day's a Holiday" motion picture costume fitting. A virtually identical Schiaparelli "Shocking" presentation is housed in the Annette Green Fragrance Archives at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. Special thanks to Grace E. Hummel, Lorraine Francheska Evans, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.
Both presentations in good condition, with no apparent major cracks, chips, or repairs. As mentioned, the "Snuff" cologne has not been opened and contains original cologne. The pipe's gilt neck is slightly tarnished, while the underside of the mouthpiece retains residue from a now illegible label. The "Shocking" presentation has been emptied of original perfume, although the scent remains strong upon lifting the dome. Bottle, measuring tape label, glass flowers, and dome all in good condition. The cardboard base worn and slightly faded. Both presentations clearly and 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."