Art Nouveau Master Hector Guimard and the Smell of Success

On 16 October 2020, by Anne Doridou-Heim

This perfume bottle designed by Hector Guimard achieved a beautiful result.

Hector Guimard (1867-1942), Kantirix, perfume bottle in colourless blown and moulded glass, gilt bronze stopper, embossed gilt label titled in relief, Art Nouveau period, h. 29 cm.
Result: €127,660

It was an uncontested triumph! This perfume bottle designed by Hector Guimard for Félix Millot for the 1900 Paris Exposition fetched €127,660, setting a world record. Guimard created a work of art in designing this model, of which few copies are known to exist. The Art Nouveau master thus opened the door to the artistic models that proliferated in the 20th century, notably with René Lalique (1860-1945), who designed one of the nearly 200 other bottles on the shelves. Geometrical, symmetrical—the one for Kantirix by Guimard undulated—in colourless glass, accompanied by a black-lacquered chrome case and designed for a perfume by Lucien Lelong, it fetched €7,400. The design was inspired by New York’s Chrysler Building.


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