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All About Glass

All About Glass

This is your resource for exploring various topics in glass: delve deeper with this collection of articles, multimedia, and virtual books all about glass. Content is frequently added to the area, so check back for new items. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, send us your suggestion. If you have a specific question, Ask a Glass Question at our Rakow Research Library.

Perfume Bottles: From Design Table to Dressing Table

Since ancient times, perfume bottles have served to contain the most subtle of mysteries: delightful, seductive scents. Before glassblowing, ancient Egyptian artisans fashioned exquisite containers from alabaster, metals, precious stones, and core-formed glass to hold their highly valued perfumes.

Lalique Perfume Bottle for Coty

801 René Lalique’s decision to focus on glass was influenced by a large commission he was offered by the well-known French perfume-maker François Coty. Coty asked Lalique to design special perfume bottles for his fragrances, which had become famous worldwide.