A whiff of interest for French designer’s 8K perfume stand


A RARE perfume bottle stand is expected to sell for around £8,000 when it goes under the hammer.

The stand was made by acclaimed French designer Henri Hamm, and will be auctioned in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The piece was made by Hamm as a display for the perfume bottles he designed.

Rare art nouveau carved perfume bottle stand valued at £8,000, designed by Henri Hamm i Lydia Stoker, fine antiques assistant

John Mackie, head of decorative arts at Lyon and Turnbull auction house, said the stand is a “rare survivor of a well known maker and designer”

At 26, Hamm founded the Societé d’Art Moderne de Bordeaux and by 1925 he became a professor at L’Ecole des Arts Appliqués.”

Hamm collaborated with many designers, most notably fashion designer Jacques Doucet and many of his works can be found in Musée d’Art Moderne and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

It is unknown how the piece came to Edinburgh but Mr Mackie believes it came from Paris originally.

It no longer has any of its original bottles which are believed to have been already been sold on separately or lost.

Inscribed with “Le souvenir est un parfum” the stand is made from a single piece of wood.

Henri Hamm is best known for his work in the glass industry, creating more than 350 designs for perfume bottles before the outbreak of the First World War.

The art noveau stand is an example of his larger items which include small cabinet pieces, boxes, buttons and hair combs.