This February, Lalique | A Private Collection of Scent Bottles, presents a single-owner collection of perfume bottles designed by René Lalique. The sale comprises 150 lots with estimates ranging from £300-30,000.
One of Lalique’s neighbours was Francois Coty, the perfumer, and he invited Lalique to design bottles for him. This was revolutionary as before this, scent was acquired in phials from the pharmacy to then be decanted into generic dressing table bottles at home. However, Lalique created bespoke perfume bottles and in so doing established a precedent for future commercial perfume bottle presentation and packaging.
While Lalique designed bottles for himself and Coty he also created bottles for houses including D’Orsay, D’Heraud, Roger & Gallet, Arys, Molinard, Houbigant, Forvil and Worth, and department stores such as Saks of New York and the Grand Magasin Du Louvre in Paris too.
The diversity of forms, colours, motifs and techniques Lalique employed in creating these bottles is testament to his artistic genius and his understanding of his chosen material – glass.
Lyon & Turnbull’s Design Department is delighted to have introduced Lalique as a new biannual sale category in April 2021. No other auction house offers specialist sales devoted entirely to the work of René Lalique.
Senior Specialist, Joy McCall heads these sales as she previously did at Christie’s, London for many years. She has over 24 years of experience selling Lalique and brings to the process her knowledge and expertise together with a personal passion for the subject.