Saturday, March 21, 2009


As delicate as its scent may be, the anemone has a powerful presence and inspired several designs by Rene Lalique, the "Rodin of the transparent." This perfume bottle was originally designed by Lalique in 1931, which seems to have been the heyday of this type of scent. The anemone is the symbol of fragility and bonheur intense -- intense, but fleeting happiness. It is also known as the windflower.
I remember long ago in my first years in Paris seeing a neighbor coming in with his weekly bouquet of flowers on Friday evenings. Inevitably, he'd cut the stems of anemones very low and place them into a small round vase. There were more flowers of course, but the end result reminds me very much of this flacon.

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