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Old Guerlain Gold Enamel Bee Bottle Imperiale Cologne Perfume French Glass Yqz For Sale
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Up in this sale is a famous bottle, the Eau de Guerlain Imperiale BEE Bottle. This first came out in 1853, and we don't know the date on this particular bottle. It is approx. 9 1/2" tall and 4 1/2" across. Here is the story of this bottle from off the Monsieurguerlain2 blogspot com site (great site):
Eau de Cologne Imperiale and the bee bottle. Upon the marriage between Empress Eugenie and Napoleon Bonaparte, Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain offered one of his colognes as a wedding present, which won him the title of Her Majesty's Official Perfumer and the right to use the name Eau de Cologne Imperiale. To match this honour, the scent had to be properly dressed: a bottle decorated with gold painted bees — Napoleon's emblem — was designed, now celebrated as the bee bottle. This bottle has since then existed in different shapes, sizes and interpretations and contained countless Guerlain perfumes. The Empire style originated in Napoleon's desire to revive the majestic luxury of imperial Rome. Interiors used classical columns, molding, and other grand Greek and Roman motifs. Napoleon chose the bee, so as to link the new empire to the very origins of France: golden bees (in fact, cicadas) were discovered in 1653 in Tournai in the tomb of Childeric I, founder in 457 of the Merovingian dynasty and father of Clovis, and the bees were considered as the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France. Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain couldn't be content with anything less stately for his first famous fragrance.
This is the fragrance that started the whole history of Guerlain. Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain, young perfumer and vinegar merchant, opened his first shop in 1828 on the ground floor of the Parisian deluxe hotel Le Meurice which was owned by his uncle. The location was advantageous: this hotel was a favourite with upper-class English visitors who even nicknamed it "City of London", and the travel guides recommended it as being "the most commodious in Paris and particularly adapted for the Englishman". At that time the English were reputed to be the best perfumers in the world, and Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain wanted this to change. From his Rue de Rivoli shop, he sold imported soaps and vinegars from the principal English houses, but at the same time he began creating his own "Eaux de Cologne", fragrances that suited people's taste for freshness and subtlety, such as Eau de Cologne Superieure, Eau de Cologne Royale, and in 1830 Eau de Cologne Imperiale, a crisp, uplifting scent of citrus notes and Provencal herbs. In 1853 the latter was presented to the French emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie as a wedding gift, and on the occasion glassmaker Pochet & du Courval was asked to produce the now iconic bottle with Napoleonic golden bees painted on by hand. The empress liked it so much that she appointed Monsieur Guerlain "purveyor of perfumes to Her Majesty" and sanctioned the name "Eau de Cologne Imperiale" to be used.
Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 2 lbs 8 oz in a 14 x 10 x 10 box.
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Old Guerlain Gold Enamel Bee Bottle Imperiale Cologne Perfume French Glass Yqz: $153