This photograph shows a vanity designed by Paul T. Frankl, who furnished the Los Angeles home of comedian and radio personality Joe Penner and his wife Eleanor in 1938. It’s a classic piece of Art Deco design and, best of all, it displays more than two dozen perfume bottles.
I see Vol de Nuit, Shalimar, and Liu (Mrs. Penner was apparently a Guerlain-lover!), Bellodgia by Caron, and Cassandra by Weil. I’m sure I’ll identify a few more bottles as I keep studying this photo. Can you name any?
Image: Paul T. Frankl, vanity in Penner House, Holmby Hills, California, 1938. Reproduced in Christopher Long, Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design, 2007.
10 thoughts on “Vintage Perfume: Penner House, California, 1938”
I see Liu in the back corner.
Yes! It has the LIU label. Nice big bottle, too…
Oh, that is a bit lovely.
I think so, too! :)
I see Sous le Vent and Vega, second and third from the right, respectively. This person must have been a real Guerlain fan! That might be a Coty (Chypre, perhaps), back left, and to the right of the vase in the back row, I’m guessing Maderas de Oriente in the “step” bottle.
Thank you! I hadn’t caught these. So much classic Guerlain, right?!
Also, to the left of the giant Shalimar, in the column bottle…Cassandra by Weil.
I do love that column bottle…
I so much want this in my room
I wouldn’t mind owning the table *or* the perfumes, either!