A Century of Perfume Bottles: Baccarat & René Lalique
Part 1: Songs in Baccarat Crystal July 17 (Fri) to September 27 (Sun), 2015
Part 2: The Fantastic Visions of René Lalique October 17 (Fri) to December 13 (Sun), 2015
Shiseido's first president, Shinzo Fukuhara (1883–1948), regarded cosmetics as “industrial crafts” that should have aesthetic appeal to the three human senses of smelling, touching and seeing. Among these, he was particularly interested in creating fragrances.
Carrying Fukuhara's idea forward as the company grew, and with the aim of making such aesthetic assets available in the future, Shiseido began collecting fragrance bottles by some of the most important designers of the time, notably those of the immensely imaginative and influential glass craftsman René Lalique (1860–1945) and the luxury crystal brand Baccarat.
This exhibition was the first public display of this scale, featuring about 200 pieces spanning the entire stylistic breadth of this collection, from Art Nouveau and Art Deco to more contemporary examples.