Lot 2001920s Ahmed Soliman set, 3 Czechoslovakian crystal perfume bottles, one black with gold and silver gilt detail, two clear with gilt and colorful enamel detail, metal screw caps with jewel finials, one dauber, all with gilt name labels, one paper label “Queen of Egypt,” box. 6 in. Estimate: $1,500+ [link]
- Ahmed Soliman El Mowardi (1906-1956) had a perfumery located at the Khan-Khalili Bazaar in Cairo, Egypt during the first half of the 20th century. Ahmed Soliman marketed himself as "Cairo's Perfume King". Though established in 1838, the 1920s were the height of his perfumes popularity.
- The perfumes were compounded in Egypt, but the bottles were imported from Czechoslovakia. Most of the bottles are decorated with rich gilding and vibrant enamels of Egyptian gods & goddesses, or stylized Egyptian motifs. Some stoppers have faceted glass jewels.
- Note: The Shimy Brothers Perfumery of Cairo also produced fine perfumes in exquisite flacons during the same time period. These bottles are nearly indistinguishable from Ahmed Soliman's unless your pieces are marked.
- Shimy Brothers sometimes had the words "The Artistic Perfumers- Port Said - Cairo - Luxor - Egypt" either on the bottles or on the presentation boxes. A calling card inserted within the presentation box advertised "Mr. A. Shimy. Proprietor, Address: Shepheard's Hotel, Cairo."
Lot 92c1930 Ingrid, Czechoslovakian perfume bottle, black crystal, figural malachite crystal stopper, dauber. MIC in oval. 5 7/8 in. Estimate: $2,000+ [link]
- To invent and market the first signature fragrance which he named after his daughter, Rosine.
- A second scent went on the market in 1912 , “Le Minaret,” which reflected the harem theme which pervaded his designs.
- To promote the concept of “total lifestyle”. He did this by expanding his clothing house to include not only fragrances, but also furniture and decor. [Source]
- In 1911 Paul Poiret became the first high fashion designer to establish his own perfume company, Les Parfums de Rosine, and author Christie Mayer Lefkowith intertwines the biography of Paul Poiret (1879 to 1944), with the in-depth study of his creations for Rosine Perfumes in her book, Paul Poiret and his Rosine Perfumes.
Lot 311880s American Victorian vanity garniture, perfume bottles and powder box, French blue opaline glass, gilt bands with enamel beading and three angels with children in relief. Figural silver plate metal stand with suspended baskets. Stand marked: Meriden Silver Plate Co. Assembled 21 in. Estimate: $2,000+ [link]
2. It's factories were in Meriden Connecticut.
3. It helped form the International Silver Company in 1898.
4. It is not the same company as the Meriden Britannia Company
- Friday, May 2nd, 2014 the Perfume Bottles Auction, in conjunction with the International Perfume Bottle Association’s 26th annual convention in Pittsburgh, PA, will offer 300 lots of vintage perfume bottles and vanity items.
- This IPBA hosted event is the longest running specialty auction of perfume bottles in the world and returning clients have come to expect unique, undocumented, and seldom seen bottles to appear in the Perfume Bottles Auction.
- The IPBA PERFUME BOTTLES AUCTION, organized by renowned specialist Ken Leach, is the official auction of the International Perfume Bottle Association’s annual convention. This auction is the highlight event of the IPBA weekend and is attended by hundreds of collectors from around the world.
- See the entire auction online -- you can even bid! LiveAuctioneers/PerfumeAuction
- Click through to learn more about the IPBA Annual Convention -- Pittsburgh, PA -- April 30th, 2014 - May 4th, 2014
- A three-day extravaganza featuring the world's premiere exhibition and sale with the field's leading dealers featuring thousands of bottles and an internationally recognized auction. The convention draws together collectors and dealers from around the world.
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