Museo del Perfume and old perfume bottles

Researching antique perfume bottles, I came across the Museo del Perfume in Barcelona. What a gem! It's gutting to know that this has been open since the 1960s and that not one of my visits to Barcelona ever included a visit to the Museo del Perfume. I'm such a sucker for pretty decorative things. I spend hours in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris every chance I get. Shame. Next time. It looks absolutely packed with thousands of perfume bottles... ungent urns from thousands of years ago right up to the great bottle design by Coty and that ilk at the turn of the last century. My favourite is this little contraption:

Here's a sampling of some of the other items on display. The site's not entirely user friendly but it's still worth a browse. If you're in Barcelona soon, head to 39, Paseo de Gracia for a 30 minute break from child pickpockets and Gaudi:


Bottles from the early 1900s


Bottles from the 1800s


D'orsay bottles from the early 1900s


Coty bottles from 1910


Elizabeth Arden bottles from the 1930s


(All images from Museu del Perfum)