One is the photo from a 2004 auction at Rago Arts (on left) described on their website as,
“L’Orange,” a perfume bottle set for Parfums de Marcy, circa 1925, consisting of eight enameled glass bottles as orange segments, set in painted ceramic holder, with paper labels for “Les Lilas.” Minor exterior wear. Ht. 2 1/2″
Sale Price: $1,410
1925 De Marcy “L’Orange Variee” perfume presentation, complete as a peeled orange of painted composition, holding 8 glass bottles with labels. 3 in.
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500
Starting Bid: $500
Finding an intact 8-pack set is apparently a rare thing, although separate bottles have survived here and there…
this bottle sold for $16.49 at an eBay auction this month
(more seldom seen trompe l’orange photos, after the fold…)
…the trompe l’oeil perfume bottle did double duty as a visual representation of the seductive, illusory, and ephemeral nature of perfume, and of those heady, fragile, never-to-be-repeated decades.
Art & Antiques Associates, 1997
The photo on right is from a 2011 eBay auction.