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Dans la Nuit, Worth

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Dans la Nuit, Worth

Type: 
Perfume bottle and atomizer
Material(s): 
Cobalt blue enameled glass with clear stars
Designer/Maker: 
Rene Lalique
Markings: 
None visible on bottle; Molded "R.LALIQUE" on base of atomizer
Origin: 
France
Box Description: 
External box of cobalt blue (almost looks black in photo) with silver lame interior, printed as seen on interior and Dans la Nuit on lid of box.
Date or Era: 
ca. 1924
Dimensions: 
Bottle 7.5 cm.; atomizer 10.5 cm.
Special Features: 
Name translates "In the Night"
Additional Information: 
Charles Worth, an Englishman in Paris, founded his couture business in 1858 and was very successful. After his death, his son Jean Phillipe and two nephews Jacques and Jean-Charles (sons of Gaston) organized Les Parfums Worth (1920) in collaboration with Maurice Blanchet, a local perfumer. Worth retained control of these operations. It was the third couturier to establish a perfume company. (Poiret founded Rosine in 1911 and Babani in 1919.) At first the perfume was marketed only in their salon to the most important clients. In 1924 they decided to sell perfumes at the Franklin Simon department store in New York City. This turned into one of the greatest successes of all time. In fact, Lalique could not keep up with demand and outsourced production to other glass works in the Bresle Valley with molds that he provided. The stopper on the bottle is the original from 1924. After 1925, it was replaced by a stopper on which the stars were removed and replaced with a molded name of the fragrance. It is speculated that this change was in response to a suit brought by Proctor & Gamble who claimed the stopper resembled their logo. Ref: The Art of Rene Lalique, Christie Mayer Lefkowith, 2010. The boule bottle with stopper was reproduced in 1984 even to the packaging. It is molded on the bottom "CREATION LALIQUE" which distinguishes it as the latter repro bottle.

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