Lanvin "Arpège" bottles , circa 1927

Six black or transparent glass ball-shaped perfume bottles, gilded enamelled decoration featuring the logo of the Lanvin House. Gold lacquer perfume stoppers.

H 13 cm (H 5.1 in)


In 1927, Jeanne Lanvin commissioned André Fraysse and Paul Vacher to create the perfume "Arpège" to celebrate her daughter Marguerite's 30th birthday. The design of the bottle was entrusted to Armand-Albert Rateau, who had already decorated Mrs Lanvin's private mansion (now reconstructed at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris). He imagined a black glass bottle with a gold cap, enhanced with a drawing by Paul Iribe in 1923 representing Jeanne and her daughter as a child. This will become the emblem of the couture house.


Frank Olivier-Vial et François Rateau, "Armand Albert Rateau", Les éditions de l'amateur, Paris, 1992, reproduced p.111.