Perfume in ancient times was almost exclusively used by the upper classes and the rich. Already at that time a great deal of aesthetic imagination and thought was put into the manufacturing of the perfume containers. Excavations often unearth unique and fascinating perfume bottles and other containers, some of which are found in almost perfect condition…
From the peak of the Eastern Roman Empire’s influence up to the end of the Middle Ages, perfume bottle design styles of perfume bottles and containers emerged which reflected the cultures of the Byzantine, Islamic and the medieval European worlds.
The famous glass makers of Venice and Murano Island developed unique styles during this period and continue to produce beautiful and unusual perfumes bottles today…
- Byzantine Period
- Early Islamic Perfume Bottles
- Venetian/Murano Glass Bottles
- Different types of containers of the Middle Ages: Scented Gloves, Pomanders
Throughout the years, the manufacturing of perfume bottles developed into a form of art that has attracted collectors across the globe.
- 17th to 19th Century; Vinaigrettes; Smelling Bottles
- 18th, 19th and 20th Century Perfume Containers as a Form of Art
Japanese hand painted porcelain perfume bottles (private collection courtesy of Sara Tzadok)