|English glass perfume bottle, 1760's|
Now, perfume bottles could also be made from cut glass or crystal, which in turn could be lavishly adorned with swirls of gold or colourful enamel. For those with an exotic taste jade bottles were available too. In France carved glass was a particular favourite ever since the opening of Baccarat in 1765. In England, Austria and Germany porcelain remained the preferred perfume bottle material.
|Silver covered perfume bottles, France|
|Perfume bottle with matching case, 1780|
Though there would definitely have been a perfume bottle on a lady's toilet-table, she was by no means restricted to returning to her room for every new drop. Most courtiers carried smaller vials around with them. Before long ladies discovered that such a vial could easily be concealed in a muff or within a glove.
|Agate perfume bottles, early 18th century (possible from England). Inscription reads:|
"Eloignez de vous rien n'est agreable" or "Separated from you. nothing is pleasant"
Baccarat had its' carved glass but the other glass manufacturers in 18th century France had their own signatures. Madame de Pompadour's beloved Sèvres was renowned for their pear-shaped bottles - a shape which had been in mode since Louis XIV reigned. The bottles from the factories of Saint-Cloud were recognizable from their golden gilding.
Even the very design of the bottles showed the trends of the new age. The heavy baroque style was quickly discarded in favour of a styling more in sync with nature; birds, flowers, butterflies were all popular motifs.