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The Interesting History of Perfume Bottles

The Interesting History of Perfume Bottles

Perfume has been around since the 5th millennium BC. In ancient times, perfume was regarded as a luxury and had to be contained in expensive containers, so a variety of containers came into being. Terracotta jars from the 2nd millennium BC excavated from Egyptian tombs are ornately decorated. Elaborate perfume containers have also been found in Cyprus and Greece.


1. The emergence of perfume bottles


Although glass vessels containing perfumes were found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and Beni Hassan frescoes depicting the method of blowing glass bottles in various periods were found near Thebes, only the ancient Romans were the most skilled in making glassware at the time people. In addition to using moulds to make glass bottles, they also developed the use of blowpipes to blow glassware, a method used throughout the Roman Empire. During the dark period of the Middle Ages in Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, many unique skills, including layer carving, were lost.


The Venetians discovered that manganese dioxide could be used as a decolorizing agent, and then they also invented the inlay of filigree and colored glaze on glassware. By the sixteenth century, the craft had reached a level of perfection. In the second half of the fifteenth century, a crystal-like crystal, that is, transparent and white glass, was invented, and then opaque white glass was invented. A wide variety of beautifully decorated perfume bottles were produced during this period, reflecting the splendor of Renaissance Italian art.


2. In the mid-18th century, the French Barclay Glass Factory produced many very beautiful perfume bottles


The French Barclay Glass Factory became one of the most influential crystal glass factories in Europe. The industry of blown embossed perfume bottles has sprung up like mushrooms after a spring rain. The perfume bottles made at that time were all unique. During the Second Empire of France, Paris was known as the "Perfume Capital", and the perfume bottles produced there had a Baroque art style.


Machine-blown bottles were invented in 1880, and frosted stoppers were used instead of corks. Around this time, Leopold Frank set up a small workshop for making perfumers. Later, his son Marcel was the first to create a perfume dispenser that could be mounted on a beautiful crystal glass perfume bottle. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the factory, Marcel improved the cabaret crystal glass bottles produced by the Bakla factory, decorated with gold engravings. This world-renowned company has an international reputation for producing traditional or modern products.


3. New styles of perfume bottles appeared in the 1830s


Lalique designed some extremely beautifully carved crystal glass perfume bottles for Jean Patou. Jean Patou has some trendy perfume bottles in his living room. There is also a cocktail and perfume counter in the living room, where his customers sip cocktails and compare perfumes. In 1931, the design of perfume bottles developed into geometric line-like patterns. Perfume bottles designed with geometric line patterns are still commonly used today. Christian Dior's famous perfumes are presented in crystal bottles produced by the Bakla Glass Factory. Pierre Camy's designs are more dignified and rigorous. He designed a tower-shaped bottle for Dior to hold Diohama perfume. To celebrate the long-awaited liberation of Paris in the post-World War II era, fragrances and fragrances reflect people's renewed freedom, elation and Paris' new life.


René Lalique's son inherited his family's business, producing perfume bottles for his friend Robert Ritchie's newly opened perfume company. Ritchie's first perfume, produced in 1945, was called "Heart of Joy," a crystal glass bottle with a heart-shaped flower engraved on it. The most talked about at the time was the dove cork carved on the "zeitgeist" perfume bottle, a pattern that symbolized peace and romanticism. Jean Patou created the "Moment of Expectation" perfume bottle in 1946, dedicated to the new liberal trend emerging throughout France.

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