[Four colour printed perfume bottle labels. by (PERFUME).

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~ [Four colour printed perfume bottle labels. Southern France, c. 1820].

4 different labels (3 are c. 35 × 55 mm, the other 58 × 70 mm). Colour printed ‘à la poupée’. Plus two contemporary monochrome labels.

Four rare perfume labels, colour printed ‘à la poupée’ with floral designs Extrait de Rose et de Pois de senteur, Extrait de Jonquille, Extrait d’Oranges de Portugal, Extrait suave. The largest (Extrait de Rose includes a space below for a text or legend, uninked in this example, but with traces of the engraved tewc visible. A charming and rare example of this colour printing technique in which each impression contains all the colours at once, with inks carefully applied to the plate with a cushion-headed tool (the ‘poupée’ or doll). The technique is immediately recognisable from the gentle gradations between the various colours of the resulting imprint.

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