|Posted on March 10, 2010 at 12:05 AM|
In this guide I will discuss the various perfumes presented by Ybry, Myon and Fioret. This guide is an extension of the one I first created on ebay back in 2006.
Ybry of Paris France, they also had an office in New York City. Ybry perfumes were advertised as being "the most expensive in the world". Ybry was a luxury perfume house founded in 1925 by a man named Simon Jaroslawski and went into liquidation in 1932. His other two perfumery companies are Fioret and Mÿon, whose perfumes I will also list below.
Jaroslawski collaborated with Baccarat for perfume bottles but also had commissioned Lalique to create some luxurious glass medallions for the perfume bottles for Ybry and Fioret (alternative name of Les Parfums des Jardins de Fioret). Lalique also produced bottles for the Fioret line. Baccarat produced the classic Ybry perfume bottle, a flattened square in colored crystal. These beautiful bottles were made by overlaying colored crystal on white crystal to create an opaque and unique luminescent quality, this same glass was also used for the shortlived Myon perfume line.
Each different color, was related to a particular perfume, and to a different gem. The colors range from a red to a pink, slag green to a darker green, jet black, orange to butterscotch, deep purple to lavender. Most of the time, the bottles had matching enameled and gilded metal covers. These covers were placed over the inner stoppers at an angle on one corner of the bottle.
The atomizers came equipped with either chrome or gilt brass hardware. The colored bottles had round gold foil embossed labels, the black bottles had square, silver foil embossed labels. This bottle recieved a patent granted on 1925. Each bottle came in three sizes and different prices from $4.25, $8.25 and finally $15.00.
The bottles ranged in size from 7 7/8" tall down to diminutive sample sizes of just 1 3/8" tall. Check your bottles for the Baccarat acid stamp or paper label. The smallest bottles I have read, were not made by Baccarat. These mini bottles are embossed with "Ybry Made in France" on the base.
Starting in the 1930s, the Ybry line started producing lesser quality perfumes and presentations. In 1934, they introduced the Ybry line of Eau de Colognes, shown below, in two sizes, 4 oz and 8oz. Not made by Baccarat.
In 1939 they created a line of perfumed deodorant called Parfum Odore- The Secret of Body Charm, one of the scents from this line was named "Beach Club". The label featured a nude beauty holding out a bunch of flowers, again, not made by Baccarat..
The Infusion de Parfum and Parfum de Luxe were also introduced in 1934. These perfume bottles are tall, rectangular , clear crystal and have a crackled texture, these are were NOT made by Baccarat. The Infusion de Parfum was a delicate cologne, a happy medium between toilet water and perfume for daytime use, or after bath or on your lingerie, it was available in fourteen different scents. The bottle was available in three sizes and it's original prices were: $5.00 for 1 oz, $2.75 for 1/2 oz and $1.50 for 1/4 oz. In 1940, you could buy the Infusion de Parfum with an atomizer. Infusion de Parfum was also sold in gift sets with dusting powder and talc.
Infusion de Parfum bottle
The presentation boxes were known as Deluxe Jewel Cases by Ybry and were covered with fine leather and often had color-coordinated small triangular segments and luxurious silk tassles. Other boxes looked like little suitcases and were covered in suede , and held multiple presentations, such as three bottles and two atomizers. Another rare example held two bottles, one atomizer and a Lalique medallion attached to the case with a silk tassel. Itis interesting to note that bath powder, face powder and lipstick was also available from Ybry at $1.00 each, though I haven't come across any of these yet.
If your bottle is missing a label, the perfumes of Ybry are easy to figure out from the colors of their bottles: Femme de Paris in green. Desire du Coeur in red. Desire du Coeur in pink. Devinez in orange. Mon Ame in purple. Amour Sauvage in black.
The perfumes of the Ybry line:
The first perfume flacons for Fioret were produced in 1919 by Baccarat, and were made up of clear crystal rectangles with gilded brass caps over inner ground glass stoppers. Bottles were also made by Cristal Nancy. The bottles featured gilded labels with Art Nouveau lettering. The simple light grey boxes bore the Lalique medallions. The bottle for Chose Promise was produced by Lalique in 1924. Fioret perfumes were imported into the USA by F. Salathe & Co of New York starting in 1921.
The perfumes of the Fioret line:
The bottles for the Mÿon line were produced by Baccarat and were of the same opaque overlaid crystal technique as those classic flacons for Ybry. The perfumes often came in a stylized angular Chinese ginger jar type of flacons with an enameled brass cover and label. Original boxes are rare to find. Other Myon bottles are clear squat square shaped Baccarat crystal flacons with the same metal lids as on the ginger jar bottles. Therarest of all Myon bottles is the black crystal Art Deco flacon by Baccarat with the gilded trim, this bottle held Mille Joie from 1928.
The perfumes of the very shortlived Mÿon line:
Don't forget to look for the vintage advertisements for these perfumes. They make excellent additions to your collection and can be found at reasonable prices on ebay. Some pictures used in this guide were provided by the following ebay sellers: marts onceoza missallure sweetantiques1 shicosland. Additional images courtesy of Rago Arts & Auction center, Coutau-Begarie, and Phoebus Auctions.
GOOD NEWS!! MAISON YBRY HAS BEEN OPENED ONCE AGAIN AND THEIR EXQUISITE PERFUMES ARE AVAILABLE AT THEIR WEBSITE WWW.YBRY.COM
Fioret Sales Co., Inc., New York, in connection with the interstate sale and
distribution of perfumes, was directed to cease and desist from representing, directly
or through implication, through the use of such words as “Les Parfums des Jardine de
Fioret,” or through the use of any foreign words or phrases, or in any manner, that
Perfumes manufactured or compounded in the United States are made or compounded
in France or in any other foreign country, or are imported.
The case was argued November 21, 1938, and decided in favor of the Commission
December 5, 1938 (100 F. (2d) 358). The following extract from the court’s opinion
The findings, sufficiently supported by the evidence, Justify the conclusion that petitioners
do not Import a perfume, but only some of its ingredients, which are then combined with
American alcohol to produce a marketable product known as perfume. Concentrates alone are
not what petitioners usually sell, but their dilutions with alcohol, and it is the alcohol that makes
the finished product.
* * * * * * *
By representing their product as an imported perfume, petitioners unfairly compete. The
purchaser is unversed in the art of making a finished perfume and to say that a given perfume
is imported must mean to him that the entire fluid is imported, not that only 5 percent of it is.
To the purchasers of perfumes imported products are preferable to domestic products. By their
conduct, petitioners are infringing upon the interest of the consuming public which purchases
under the mistake that it is buying an imported perfume, a product rendered marketable and fit
for use. They also compete unfairly with those importers of perfumer whose concentrates and
alcohol are blended in France and with those tradesmen who import, like petitioners, the
concentrates and dilute them with domestic alcohol but who, unlike petitioners, sell their
products accurately represented and advise the purchasing public that they are selling a domestic
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