Volupte

Volupte

Volupté, Inc. was a division of the Superior Products Corporation founded in 1920 in Elizabeth, N.J. It's later address was 347 Fifth Avenue, New York City. It was purchased by Shields, Inc. of Attleboro, MA in 1957 and ceased operations in the 1960s. They mainly produced compacts, perfume bottles, purses, jewelry, chatelaines, cigarette & and vanity cases.



Like DeVilbiss and Gironde, they too bought glass bottles from various companies and added their own decoration and hardware. Volupté purchased blanks from American companies such as Cambridge and Tiffin as well as importing bottles from Czechoslovakia. I have seen a lovely bottle of a fellow collector who's bottle is signed Moser and Volupté. Volupté stayed in business throughout the Depression.



Volupté’s bottles often had very elaborate decoration, gold encrustation was a popular element as well as abstract shapes in contrasting colors. The Art Deco styles of these atomizers prove to be just as collectible as those by DeVilbiss, Aristo and Pyramid.

Most Volupté bottles were acid etched or signed in gold on the base with the signature of Volupté or sometimes stamped on the atomizer collars. Sometimes you will also see the bases marked with “Guaranteed Gold Plated” stamped inside of a wreath. Volupté bottles might also have a label on the base stating “Guaranteed 22kt Gold Plated and Decorated”. Boxes for the bottles stated that the bottle and hardware were all American made.






Their hardware was often fitted with metal or glass siphons. Oftentimes a Volupté bottle may have no identifying label or signature so hardware comparisons are a must. Because Volupté produced less atomizers than DeVilbiss, their pieces are a little more scarce than DeVilbiss and should be priced accordingly.












Some of the more exceptional bottles are those that combine Art Deco sculpture alongside the perfume bottles themselves. Volupté produced two very distinct styles, each with its own nude Flapper maiden holding up the perfume well. One maiden holds the perfume well with both hands above her head as she stands on a stepped plinth. The other style features a nude maiden with one leg up and playfully bent at the knee as she holds the perfume bottle aloft.

A 1931 article in the publication Dance Magazine had this to say about a new product from Volupte:

"Something very new, very welcome and very smart are the Volupte talcum sprays. Fill the lovely crystal bowl with your favorite dusting or talcum powder, squeeze the bulb attached and a light cloud of powder is sprayed upon your body. These sprays are well built and are attractive useful articles for the bath. Priced from about $1., in department stores. The Volupte compacts are worth mentioning too, because of their lovely design."


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