René Lalique Bouquet de Faunes perfume bottle in original packaging, $6000 (£4750) at Meadow Lane Auctions.

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He had already proved himself a superb artist jeweller but, as the fashion for Art Nouveau peaked, Lalique changed medium and began to produce bespoke glass bottles for a near neighbour on the Place Vendôme in Paris.

His creations for François Coty are some of the very first experiments in commercial perfume bottle manufacture.

Perfume bottles remained an important part of his range into the 1920-30s.

The sale at Meadow Lane Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Glenview, Illinois, on November 20 featured several examples, including a rare Bouquet de Faunes bottle made c.1925 for Guerlian.

There are several versions of this bottle (including a later issue from the post-war era) but this was an early example and in splendid condition. It came sealed with the original paper label to the stopper and the original packaging still intact.

Hard to find a better example, this one hammered for $6000 (£4750) against an estimate of $200-500.


René Lalique Satyre perfume bottle, $12,000 (£9500) at Meadow Lane Auctions.

Estimated at $800-1200 but sold at $12,000 (£9500) was a rare bottle from the Lalique factory line. The Satyre issued c.1933 has an elongated stopper decorated as a mythological figure with a long beard and horns.

Model No 527 in Felix Marcilhac’s Lalique catalogue raisonné, this is a bottle that has sold for close to $20,000 in previous auctions.