Did you remember to “fall back” last night or this morning?
(This vintage Shalimar-inspired clock is available through Time in a Bottle at Rubylane.)
I found this photo of an antique tombstone-shaped perfume coffret on the auction site Rubylane. However, the sale has been removed and its vendor no longer exists. What a shame; I wish I could learn more about this piece! It’s delightfully Gothic.
Wishing you a few delightful chills and thrills this Halloween!
This small terracotta bottle dates to the mid-6th century B.C.E. and was made on the Greek island of Rhodes. It originally would have held some oil-based perfume. I’m thinking a lot about feet and ankles right now, so I just wanted to share this humorous ancient item.
Enjoy your day and watch your step!
Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art, terracotta aryballos (perfume vase) in the form of a sandaled right foot, 24.97.4
Yesterday was my birthday. One of the best gifts I received was the central object in this photo—vintage Jean-Paul Gaultier perfume in its limited edition “Robe Velours” bottle from 1998.
It’s joined my little “family” of JPG perfume bottles dating from the mid-1990s to the present, two of which are also pictured above.
Last week I took a “busman’s holiday” and spent an afternoon going to museums. The Cooper-Hewitt was on my list because I wanted to catch the temporary exhibition The “Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.”
I had already happily wandered through rooms and rooms of radios, jewelry, textiles, architectural renderings, and furniture, when I spied a small but rich selection of perfume bottles. Here are my snapshots…They’re not great, but they give an idea of what I saw.
On May 18, 2017, I’ll be teaching a one-night class called “Iconic Perfume Bottles” at the Brooklyn Brainery. We’ll be looking at classic perfume bottle designs through the lenses of perfumery, design history, and cultural context.
You can learn more about the class (and register!) here.
This photo of the jazz singer Jo Stafford originally appeared in Down Beat magazine’s July 29, 1946 issue. It was taken by photographer William P. Gottlieb and its caption in Down Beat read:
“This intimate shot of singer Jo Stafford, taken in her dressing room by Bill Gottlieb, reflects Jo not once, but twice, as well as the innumerable bottles of perfume and make-up necessary for her stage appearances. It would seem that Jo is a collector of exotic perfumes, from the assortment on her dressing table.”
So, what are those perfumes?