Strong results for single-owner perfume bottle collection at Helmuth Stone

Christian Dior 'Diorissimo' Baccarat perfume bottle, which sold for $4,750 ($5,937 with buyer’s premium) at Helmuth Stone Gallery.

SARASOTA, Fla. — Helmuth Stone Gallery held back-to-back auctions on November 28 and November 29, each with impressive results in perfume bottles and works of art from around the world. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Donated to support roof repairs at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Palm Coast, Florida, the single-owner perfume bottle was the focus in the first session. The top lot was a circa-1956 Christian Dior ‘Diorissimo’ Baccarat perfume bottle with metal gold roses on the top. Strong interest from LiveAuctioneers bidders drove the action, but the ultimate winner was on the floor at the gallery. The Dior bottle hammered for $4,750, or $5,937 with buyer’s premium.

Following closely was a Guerlain Djedi perfume bottle with its original box. Estimated at $200-$400, it sold for $3,500 ($4,375 with buyer’s premium).

Another standout was this Czech blue opaque glass perfume bottle with the stopper featuring a woman riding a leaping goat. It hammered for $1,500 ($1,875 with buyer’s premium) to a LiveAuctioneers bidder.

The second session was dominated by what was likely a single-owner collection of Tibetan thangkas, or religious paintings on silk. The leading lot was formerly in the collection of Uruguayan-born Francis Luis Mora (1874-1940), a figural painter. Described as “antique” and signed by the artist, the thangka sold for an amazing $17,000 ($21,250 with buyer’s premium).

Single-owner perfume bottle collection donated to benefit Florida church at Helmuth Stone Gallery Nov. 28

Guerlain Coque d'Or, estimated at $1,500-$3,000 at Helmuth Stone Gallery.

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SARASOTA, Fla. — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church of Palm Coast, Florida is in need of major roofing repairs, so a local resident stepped up and donated a lifetime collection of top-quality perfume bottles as a fundraiser. Helmuth Stone Gallery will bring all 454 lots to auction on Tuesday, November 28 on behalf of the church. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Many collectors agree that long after the perfume is gone, the artistry of the bottle remains. Perfume manufacturers knew this from the earliest days, and competed to create memorable and enduring packages that would be treasured as keepsakes.

The private individual maintained an eye for quality and rarity when assembling this collection. One of the sale’s highest estimated lots, a Guerlain Coque d’Or box and bottle, is a one-two punch of premier design. The wooden package was created by famed French minimalist Jean-Michel Frank and the bottle is by Baccarat. Guerlain was a top perfume and cosmetics company in France in 1937 (and remains so today) whose executives went all out for the launch of Coque d’Or, as this lot demonstrates. Though the perfume is long gone, the lot is estimated at $1,500-$3,000.

The sale includes 45 lots designed by René Lalique. Le Baiser du Faune (Kiss of the Fawn) is a Molinard perfume with a commissioned bottle by Lalique. Introduced in 1928, the bottle features the mythical faun figure kissing a lovely lady. Marked R LALIQUE by mold, the lot is estimated at $1,500-$3,000.

Though overshadowed by their French superiors, Czech perfume companies made their mark in the early 20th century with sophisticated bottle designs and alluring fragrances. Heinrich Hoffmann was a prewar Czech perfume manufacturer who created this remarkable black crystal perfume bottle. It includes a green knot-shaped stopper, a dauber, a marcasite and enameled silver metal holder, and green crystal feet. It is estimated at $750-$1,500. Interestingly, Hoffmann’s molds survived the war and have been resurrected by modern perfume manufacturers, and continue to circulate today under the Desna brand.

Esteemed perfume house L. T. Piver of France engaged Baccarat for its 1927 release of Astris. The hexagonal body contains a six-pointed star, is marked BACCARAT on the base and carries an estimate of $800-$1,500.
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Guerlain Coque d’Or perfume bottle and box, estimated at $1,500-$3,000 at Helmuth Stone Gallery.
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Rene Lalique Le Baiser Du Faune perfume bottle, estimated at $1,500-$3,000 at Helmuth Stone Gallery.
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Heinrich Hoffmann black crystal perfume bottle, estimated at $750-$1,500 at Helmuth Stone Gallery.
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Baccarat for L.T. Piver Astris perfume bottle, estimated at $800-$1,500 at Helmuth Stone Gallery.
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Schiaparelli Succes Fou perfume bottle brooch, estimated at $500-$800 at Helmuth Stone Gallery.
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Iradj Moini gold-plated brooch, estimated at $800-$1,200
Iradj Moini gold-plated brooch, estimated at $800-$1,200
Iradj Moini gold-plated brooch, estimated at $800-$1,200

LOS ANGELES — Just in time for summer parties, John Moran Auctioneers will present its Costume & Couture auction on Tuesday, May 23, starting at 10 am Pacific time. The sale features more than 400 lots of vintage and contemporary costume jewelry, handbags, accessories and luggage, and showcases designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Hermes, Judith Leiber, Miriam Haskell, Stephen Dweck, Michael Dawkins, John Hardy and Georg Jensen. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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One of a pair of Chinese famille verte geese or duck biscuit figurines, each est. $1,000-$5,000
One of a pair of Chinese famille verte geese or duck biscuit figurines, each est. $1,000-$5,000
One of a pair of Chinese famille verte geese or duck biscuit figurines, each est. $1,000-$5,000

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Circa-1886 Baccarat cave a liqueur in the form of an elephant transporting a palanquin. Sold for CA$144,000/US$112,175 at the Canadian auction house Lunds. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Lunds

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19th-century Rococo console with mirror, est. $6,000-$7,000
19th-century Rococo console with mirror, est. $6,000-$7,000
19th-century Rococo console with mirror, est. $6,000-$7,000

NEW YORK – “Cerca Trova” is a centuries-old Italian phrase, credited to Giorgio Vasari, which translates to “seek and you shall find.” Jasper52‘s January 4 Cerca Trova sale promises 393 lots that you will suddenly realize you want upon seeing them. The auction, which will commence on Tuesday, January 4 at 8 pm EST features delights ranging from a 19th-century Rococo console with mirror; a pair of cups by Christofle; cupboards and commodes; toothpick holders fashioned from silver; a gramophone with a brass-covered wooden horn; a miniature Japanese porcelain tea set; a 16th-century oil-on-copper painting of the Pieta, or the Virgin Mary holding the body of the deceased Christ; a bronze table clock; a unique 19th-century piece by Baccarat; steamer trunks for travel; a lacquered Showa Period (1926-1989) ikebana vase; wooden models of sailboats; cloisonne pots; a faience tureen; several sets of chairs designed by Angelo Pinaffo; a bronze mortar with pestle; books and coins; an erotic pocket watch in a silver case; religious lithographs; and a 20th-century suite of furniture featuring a settee and two armchairs with sumptuously carved and gilded wood. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Margaret Tafoya vase, estimated at $3,000-$5,000
Margaret Tafoya vase, estimated at $3,000-$5,000
Margaret Tafoya vase, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

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Circa 1950 Tiffany & Co. silver gilt four-piece coffee service, estimated at $2,000-$3,000
Circa 1950 Tiffany & Co. silver gilt four-piece coffee service, estimated at $2,000-$3,000
Circa 1950 Tiffany & Co. silver gilt four-piece coffee service, estimated at $2,000-$3,000

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