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1914 Osiris by Vinolia, Important & Rare Baccarat
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We proudly offer this recently unearthed 1914 perfume presentation for Vinolia's Osiris ; a Baccarat crystal perfume bottle and stopper molded with a wide high-relief frieze of integrated Egyptian symbols. The lotus flower represents "creation” as the flower closes up at night sinking below the water to rest and then reappears at daybreak. It is associated with the "sun, rebirth, and life itself.” The triangle means "to give” The two Cobras signify "high rank” The sun disc represents "divinity, royalty, and power” Here, the printed gold paper label becomes the disk. All molded detail is emphasized with rich gold enamel and brown patina, gold cord secures stopper to bottle, and the base is marked Baccarat. Presented in a fine leather box with gilt decorative trim and labeling "Vinolia, Paris-London,” with perfect silk lining. 3 1/4 in. In January of 1914 a British funded team of archeologists excavated the Osiris temple at Abydos, which we will conclude was inspiration for the theme. It was in August of that year that Germany declared war on France, and Britain declared war on Germany. We may assume that production of this luxury presentation was either cancelled, or was issued in a very limited edition.To our knowledge this is the only example known.Osiris -meaning "powerful” or "mighty.” An Egyptian god of the earth, fertility, and vegetation, death and rebirth; believed to have once possessed human form and lived on earth. Osiris symbolized in his death the yearly drought, and in his miraculous rebirth the periodic flooding of the Nile and the growth of grain. He was also associated with the sun's daily re-birth, after it's having spent the night in the underworld. He was a god-king who was believed to have given Egypt civilization; teaching the art of agriculture, inventing the arts and sciences, establishing laws, and how to worship the gods. Osiris was commonly depicted as a pharaoh with green skin (the color of re-birth), wearing the crown of upper Egypt, holding the crook and flail in his hands (instruments of the shepherd), with the trappings of mummification from the chest down.The Osiris myth describes his having been killed and dismembered by his brother Set who wanted Osiris' throne. The body fragments were then gathered by Osiris' sister-wife Isis who rejoined them in wrappings, then revived him through a magic spell allowing her to become impregnated, after which she embalmed and buried him (this being one of the first associations with mummification; to be emulated by kings who followed). Her son Horus eventually would slay Set, avenging his father and ascending the throne to restore order to Egypt. Horus is often identified with the sun and depicted as a sun disk. Osiris was one of the most worshiped deities in ancient Egyptian culture, and the city of Abydos was the epicenter of the Cult of Osiris, where the earliest kings and worshipers assumed the Osiris tomb to be. This historic item was purchased in Paris in the 1970s from a descendant of a senior employee of the Vinolia company. That person explained that the bottle and box were the original finished models that would have been presented to the board of directors for final approval before production.This explains why the bottle has cording, but no perfume, and comes with an impeccable box. When the Baccarat book was published some years after the bottle purchase, the owner saw the entry with the drawing of her bottle identified with the company name of Vincha. Not understanding this discrepancy, she approached the main Baccarat office in Paris and was able to speak with one of the employees who had participated in the development of the book.After re-examining the original Baccarat records, which were written by hand, it was determined that they had mistaken the "O”in Vinolia for a "C”,and the "Li” for an "H". Therefore, labeling it Vincha instead of Vinolia. A Vincha perfume company never existed. "Vinolia” soaps and preparations for sensitive skins were developed in 1888 and manufactured by Blondeau et Cie., an English company based in London, using a French name. With enthusiastic endorsements from the medical field, the demand for Vinolia products grew rapidly and goods were exported worldwide from offices established in London, Paris and New York.Three perfumes were introduced in 1892, with an eventual catalog of over 60 scents. In 1898 Vinolia became a company under its own name, and in 1906 it was acquired by Lever Bros. In 1911 the "Royal Vinolia” line was introduced in conjunction with the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. Vinolia products were favored by Queen Victoria, the Queen of Afghanistan, the King and Queen of Spain, and Queen Elizabeth II, with multiple Royal Warrants. Also in 1911,The White Star Line chose Vinolia rose scented soaps for the First Class cabins on the RMS ships "Olympia” and "Titanic.” Perfumes were available in attractive bottles made of pressed glass as well as faceted cut crystal. Into the teens and twenties designs were produced by Baccarat, Depinoix,Viard and other notable glassmakers. Decorative labels, ribbons tied at the neck, and attractive boxes and gift baskets contributed eye appeal to the early and enduring popularity of the brand.The London showroom closed in 1939, and production was limited during the Second World War.Various Vinolia products were available into the 1960s, with the last product sold in 1983. Information source: Unilever's Archive Catalog
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1914 Osiris by Vinolia, Important & Rare Baccarat

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We proudly offer this recently unearthed 1914 perfume presentation for Vinolia's Osiris ; a Baccarat crystal perfume bottle and stopper molded with a wide high-relief frieze of integrated Egyptian symbols. The lotus flower represents "creation” as the flower closes up at night sinking below the water to rest and then reappears at daybreak. It is associated with the "sun, rebirth, and life itself.” The triangle means "to give” The two Cobras signify "high rank” The sun disc represents "divinity, royalty, and power” Here, the printed gold paper label becomes the disk. All molded detail is emphasized with rich gold enamel and brown patina, gold cord secures stopper to bottle, and the base is marked Baccarat. Presented in a fine leather box with gilt decorative trim and labeling "Vinolia, Paris-London,” with perfect silk lining. 3 1/4 in. In January of 1914 a British funded team of archeologists excavated the Osiris temple at Abydos, which we will conclude was inspiration for the theme. It was in August of that year that Germany declared war on France, and Britain declared war on Germany. We may assume that production of this luxury presentation was either cancelled, or was issued in a very limited edition.To our knowledge this is the only example known.Osiris -meaning "powerful” or "mighty.” An Egyptian god of the earth, fertility, and vegetation, death and rebirth; believed to have once possessed human form and lived on earth. Osiris symbolized in his death the yearly drought, and in his miraculous rebirth the periodic flooding of the Nile and the growth of grain. He was also associated with the sun's daily re-birth, after it's having spent the night in the underworld. He was a god-king who was believed to have given Egypt civilization; teaching the art of agriculture, inventing the arts and sciences, establishing laws, and how to worship the gods. Osiris was commonly depicted as a pharaoh with green skin (the color of re-birth), wearing the crown of upper Egypt, holding the crook and flail in his hands (instruments of the shepherd), with the trappings of mummification from the chest down.The Osiris myth describes his having been killed and dismembered by his brother Set who wanted Osiris' throne. The body fragments were then gathered by Osiris' sister-wife Isis who rejoined them in wrappings, then revived him through a magic spell allowing her to become impregnated, after which she embalmed and buried him (this being one of the first associations with mummification; to be emulated by kings who followed). Her son Horus eventually would slay Set, avenging his father and ascending the throne to restore order to Egypt. Horus is often identified with the sun and depicted as a sun disk. Osiris was one of the most worshiped deities in ancient Egyptian culture, and the city of Abydos was the epicenter of the Cult of Osiris, where the earliest kings and worshipers assumed the Osiris tomb to be. This historic item was purchased in Paris in the 1970s from a descendant of a senior employee of the Vinolia company. That person explained that the bottle and box were the original finished models that would have been presented to the board of directors for final approval before production.This explains why the bottle has cording, but no perfume, and comes with an impeccable box. When the Baccarat book was published some years after the bottle purchase, the owner saw the entry with the drawing of her bottle identified with the company name of Vincha. Not understanding this discrepancy, she approached the main Baccarat office in Paris and was able to speak with one of the employees who had participated in the development of the book.After re-examining the original Baccarat records, which were written by hand, it was determined that they had mistaken the "O”in Vinolia for a "C”,and the "Li” for an "H". Therefore, labeling it Vincha instead of Vinolia. A Vincha perfume company never existed. "Vinolia” soaps and preparations for sensitive skins were developed in 1888 and manufactured by Blondeau et Cie., an English company based in London, using a French name. With enthusiastic endorsements from the medical field, the demand for Vinolia products grew rapidly and goods were exported worldwide from offices established in London, Paris and New York.Three perfumes were introduced in 1892, with an eventual catalog of over 60 scents. In 1898 Vinolia became a company under its own name, and in 1906 it was acquired by Lever Bros. In 1911 the "Royal Vinolia” line was introduced in conjunction with the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. Vinolia products were favored by Queen Victoria, the Queen of Afghanistan, the King and Queen of Spain, and Queen Elizabeth II, with multiple Royal Warrants. Also in 1911,The White Star Line chose Vinolia rose scented soaps for the First Class cabins on the RMS ships "Olympia” and "Titanic.” Perfumes were available in attractive bottles made of pressed glass as well as faceted cut crystal. Into the teens and twenties designs were produced by Baccarat, Depinoix,Viard and other notable glassmakers. Decorative labels, ribbons tied at the neck, and attractive boxes and gift baskets contributed eye appeal to the early and enduring popularity of the brand.The London showroom closed in 1939, and production was limited during the Second World War.Various Vinolia products were available into the 1960s, with the last product sold in 1983. Information source: Unilever's Archive Catalog
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