Just in case you needed a reason to visit one of Europe’s most romantic cities, we’ve found one… the brand new Perfume Museum that was recently opened by Fragonard! Baroque Travel has all the details
This month, renowned French perfume house Fragonard relaunched its flagship perfume museum in a newly refurbished building on rue Scribe in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. Once home to a Parisian theater, the building, which took two years to renovate, once again showcases Fragonard’s unique history as well as the techniques used to create this legendary fragrance. The museum, which was initially opened in 1983, is a joy to explore. Its rooms are decorated with period furniture and stunning fragrance displays, including antique perfume bottles, toiletry sets, and containers. The museum tells viewers the story of how fragrances was made then and now, and also gives insight into fragrance manufacturing and packaging. One of the highlights of a visit here is the perfume organ (orgue à parfum), which comprises tiers of bottles of ingredients used to make scents.
The museum was opened by Fragonard founder Jean-Francois Costa’s great-granddaughter, Agnes Costa Webster, who created the museum from the family’s vast collections. She explained the reasoning around opening its doors. “The idea is to share our savoir-faire,” she said. “It makes everyone dream. France is famous for perfume and we aim to share the treasures we’ve accumulated.”
On display at the museum are hundreds of exquisite art objets, as well as exotic perfume vials, olfactory apparatus and other items that were used to create some of Fragonard’s signature scents. The museum also shows viewers how the fragrances are created as well as France’s perfume history and its history throughout the centuries.
Interestingly enough, fragrance was not fashionable in the Middle Ages. It regained its popularity in the 15th Century in France. Marie Antoinette was a trendsetter, and she made perfumes very popular in the 18th Century, particular floral perfumes, which were her favourite. This is also when fragrance bottles were elaborately decorated. One of the bottles on display in the museum is from England, dated around 1760. It’s adorned with delicate gold and crystal.
So next time you’re in Paris, if uyou can tear yourself away from the designer stores, the pavement cafes and the city’s many famous sights, take the time to explore this fascinating little fragrance museum, which is home to one of the richest collections of objects relating to perfume in the world. Learn all about the 3,000-year history of fragrance, and the skills used to create perfumes, and view some of the most beautiful and extraordinary fragrance containers, including pomanders, vaporizers, and other magnificent items.
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