For the precious 2015 Limited Edition crystal perfume bottle, it is from the work of René Lalique that Lalique has drawn motifs inspired by the gracefulness of birds... Designed in 1910, the "Petites Feuilles" ("Little Leaves") bottle belongs to a series of dazzlingly virtuosic models, entirely covered with complex, delicate decorative motifs.
Its streamlined shape is based on the Greek alabastron, used in Antiquity to conserve scents and originally sculpted in alabaster, hence its name. While the original features tiny rosemary leaves, the 2015 Edition is adorned with a lavish plumage which covers the body and softly rounded shoulders of the bottle. The bottle's shape, so reminiscent of the curved silhouette of turtledoves, is echoed in the stopper's motif, designed by René Lalique for the lid of the "Geneviève" powder box in 1920. Two of these birds, which stand for constancy and harmony since they mate for life, adorn the heart of a rosette formed by delicately ribbed palm leaves. An elegant theme inspired by Ancient Egypt, where palm trees were symbols of fertility.
This new Limited Edition expresses Lalique's peerless know-how and exacting standards. No fewer than four master glassmakers are needed to fashion the bottle, using the handcrafted hot mould technique. Taken up at 1150°C, the crystal is formed in a wooden shaping block before being placed into a cast-iron mould heated to 400°C and annealed for seven hours. To make the stopper, the "pressed" technique requires five glassmakers.
In the "Plume" bottle, the crystal is distributed to form a very thick bottom weighing 350 grams. The cutting and polishing is performed once the bottle is cold. Its motifs are polished and sandblasted. To adjust the stopper's fit, it is paired with its bottle and ground with emery to ensure a leak-proof finish. As a final touch to this handcrafted piece, the baudruchage seal and gold thread are added to the signed and numbered bottle.
About the fragrance:
The quintessentially feminine Lalique de Lalique opens with an exhilarating fruit-tinged rose and the sensual headiness of jasmine. Iris blows a delicately powdered breeze on this timelessly elegant floral harmony, touched with spicy night-scented stock. In the heart notes, this shimmering bouquet is livened up with fruity hues: the tart purple of blackberries, the radiant verdancy of blackcurrant leaves and the suaver green of pears ... A silky breath of vanilla and musk, softened with creamy Mysore sandalwood, weds the fragrance to skin for a long-lasting, voluptuous sillage.
A renowned name during the Art Deco movement, Lalique has continued to create exquisite crystal pieces for modern times. In 1926, Rene Lalique began manufacturing satin-finished vases, bowls, and statuettes. Today, his fine tradition endures with themes ranging from classical forms to ultramodern designs.