Now, the charm and beauty of these specific siphons remains, despite the years, the often bad shape of the enamelling … a testimony of the “Belle Epoque” !

The Stove enamelled bottles

 

 

 

No precise document allows knowing precisely when this technique was created and used on siphon bottles.
It may be that this technique was used primarily for artistic and esthetical reasons before the world war. Famous craftsmen mastering this technique were used to show their talent, and numerous pieces are signed (Piot et Chouanard à Pantin, Léonhard, Pouquet, Malleset, Durafort and La Compagnie Parisienne in Paris).
There is no specific geographical area where such bottles can be found, since (as the variety of collection pieces prove it) such siphon bottles have been used all over France.

 

However, the colourful flower paintings, with a specific Art Nouveau style is one of the most frequent on this type of siphon bottles.
Similarly, one can also find stove enamelled siphons with only colour policy characters on the bottle. Those bottles are fragile, as time goes by the enamelling tends to disappear. Various siphon bottle sizes can be found from 1 L to 33cl. Those siphons are extremely aesthetic but also represent a legacy of the golden age of enamelled advertisement (from 1910 to 1930).

In those days, siphon were available in all the bistrots, cafés, estaminets, and clients were surrounded by multiple advertisements (Kina Lillet, Byhrr, Mandarin, Dubonnet, Pernod, etc).
Enamelled tins seemed to be flourishing everywhere! Therefore it seems logical that this process also ended up on siphons, drinking glasses, and other bar objects....)

No doubt that brewer and soda manufacturers saw this as an opportunity to distinguish them from competition, by offering unusual siphons (by size, colour, enamelling and graphics).