Collector favorites, four perfume store displays in Stephenson's March 15 auction Four handmade ‘factices,’ or store displays, promoting several fine perfumes, including fragrances by Hermes and Oscar de la Renta, will be auctioned Mar. 15 at Stephenson's in suburban Philadelphia.
News-Antique.com - Mar 14,2013 - PHILADELPHIA – Fashion may come and go with each passing season, but a classic fragrance never goes out of style. That goes for perfume bottles, as well. Collectors love the chic and cleverly designed figural bottles in which couturiers and, more recently, pop stars like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, present their signature perfumes in the marketplace.
One of the hottest areas of perfume-bottle collecting is factices – the larger-than-life, custom-made store displays replicating standard-size fragrance containers. Factices don’t often appear at auction, but a coveted selection of four such store displays will be offered in Stephenson’s General Antiques Auction to be held Friday, March 15 commencing at 4 p.m.
The factices in the auction have come to Stephenson’s from a consignor in France who is a perfume company chief executive. The largest of the bottles is a foot tall and promotes the luxury brand Hermes. The other bottles are from Oscar de la Renta, Bijan and Banana Republic. Each bottle will be auctioned individually.
Stephenson’s General Antiques Auction will be held at the firm’s suburban Philadelphia gallery located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966. Inspection is on Thursday, March 14, from 4-6 p.m., and also on auction day from 9-10 a.m.
Absentee and phone bidding will be available in addition to live bidding in the gallery, but there will not be Internet live bidding during the session. For additional information on any auction lot, call Cindy Stephenson at 215-322-6182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Stephenson’s Auctioneers online at www.stephensonsauction.com.
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Four handmade ‘factices,’ or store displays, promoting various fine perfumes, including fragrances by Hermes and Oscar de la Renta. Each is glass, the largest standing 12in tall. Stephenson’s image.