I remember being five years old and visiting my Nana Mae, an elegant, impeccable woman who was a regional baking champ and had exquisite taste in decor. Whenever I see Wedgewood, or silver vanity brushes and mirrors, I think of her. I also remember the beautiful perfumes she had on her bureau, carefully displayed on antique lace. There was always the powdery floral scent of Chanel in her room. This memory is so vivid I hold it dear almost forty years later . It was my starting point to a lifelong love of miniature perfume bottles and classic, timeless scents.
I have been collecting miniature commercial perfume bottles for over thirty years, from Chanel to Shalimar. The craftsmanship of perfume bottles is stunning and collecting them becomes ever so addicting. As I have always loved everything miniature, the tiny bottles have a tremendous appeal to me. I now house hundreds of them on my office shelves, stunning pieces chronicling the evolution of perfume bottles. One of my favorites is the tiny bottle of L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain, it's stopper shaped as an inverted heart on a gorgeous glass bottle with rounded scrolled shoulders. Another favorite is my tiny Shalimar bottle, again by Guerlain, with its light sapphire blue fanned stopper. They are indeed works of sculptural art, and the perfume that remains even as a slight residue is an instant time capsule.
The beauty of collecting and selling miniature perfume bottles is that you can find a plethora of them at reasonable prices, and their diminutive size allows one to conserve space. It is also an enchanting way to learn about the history of perfume and glass bottle makers, of the colorful lives like Coco Chanel. I invite you, dear reader, to share in the joy of collecting these little masterpieces!