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Material: Cardboard, Paper
Color:  Pink, Blue Gold, Cream
Size:  Box Exterior,  Length ~ 5 & 1/4 inches
                            Width ~ 4 inches
                            Depth ~ 1 & 1/8 inches
         Box Interior Compartment,  Length 4 inches
                                              Width ~ 2 & 1/2 inches
                                              Depth 7/8 inches
Age:  apx. 1940s
Origin:  Paris, France
Maker:  Schiaparelli for the fragrance Shocking
Quantity:  1

A nice older vintage French perfume box for the fragrance Shocking, by Italian born Elsa Schiaparelli, who was a talented artist and poet, as well as an iconic jewelry and fashion designer.   She  issued seven fragrances between the 1930s - 40s, with Shocking, which was originally launched in 1937, being the most famous.

This parfum box is a larger size than commonly found and would have likely held a bottle measuring apx. 3 & 5/8 inches in height.  It is shaped like a book, with textured gold pages and spine, which is titled SHOCKING Schiaparelli.  Rigid front and back paper bound board covers are decorated with the trademark pink hearts centered with a large gold S and circled with the blue script words Paris France les Parfums Schiaparelli, on a creamy white ground.  There is an interior paper title page reading Shocking de Schiaparelli, which opens to a compartment that would have been fitted with a pink satin liner to hold the flacon.

Unfortunately the satin liner is missing.  Additionally, there are perfume stains from bottle leakage to the front cover, title page and interior compartment, The stain to front interior cover does affect the exterior decorated paper to a degree, however the interior compartment stain does not show/affect on the back cover.  Please see images above.

Structurally the box is very sturdy and sound, with only minor edge wear, a very small ding to lower textured gold page edge and a very slightly bent/rounded upper right corner of front cover.  Paper decorating front and back covers remains firmly attached, with bright and colorful graphics.  Box opens well and closes snuggly. Hint of fragrance remains.  It would be easy to refurbish interior compartment with a small piece of pink satin, or the book could be used as is for a great secret stash box.

Please note this offering is for the box only, and does not include the crystal flacon / bottle.  We purchased several earlier perfume box examples, all without the original bottles, and each is listed separately in this category on our site.

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Larger Size Older Vintage Schiaparelli Shocking, Paris France Parfum Perfume Box, c. 1940

$ 44.00

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