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IF PERFUME ISN'T ART, THEN ARE PERFUME BOTTLES?


Fragrance bloggers and columnists have long been debating whether perfume should be considered an art form or a commercial assembly-line product. Guerlain has its own answer to this controversy: if perfume isn't art, then perfume bottles can be.

In recent years, Guerlain has collaborated with several international artists and artisans to produce “Exceptional Creations”, i.e., decorative perfume bottles in very limited editions. Examples of these include Baccarat’s extravagant L’Abeille series, Lison de Caunes’ straw marquetry bee bottle, JonOne’s graffiti bee bottle, Sara Bran’s silver bottle holder for La Petite Robe Noire, Desrues' lovebird bottle for Shalimar, and Gripoix’s bejeweled quadrilobe bottle for L’Heure Bleue’s 100th anniversary (pictured left).

This year’s artisan Guerlain bottle is actually a whole collection of bottles, namely a quartet inspired by the four seasons. Paris-based Brazilian textile and feather designer Janaïna Milheiro has created four different decorations for the quadrilobe bottle, using feathers and pearls: multi-coloured for spring, golden for summer, brown for autumn (pictured right), and stark white for winter. According to Guerlain, each bottle required fifteen hours of work. For this unique collection, Thierry Wasser has composed four new fragrances, simply named Le Printemps, L’Été, L’Automne, and L’Hiver.

As we all know, high art comes with a price, reserved for only the most affluent collectors. These days, Guerlain’s “art bottles” usually come with a 5-digit price tag. The Milheiro bottles are 16.000 € each.

Photo of L’Automne by laurence_ferat on Instagram.
(September 2016)


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