THE HIS­TORY AND MYS­TERY OF PER­FUME

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Hone your nose at Museè du Par­fum Frag­o­nard, Paris

The his­tory of per­fume doesn’t only smell fab­u­lous but also cap­ti­vates with an­cient and mod­ern ob­jects d’art as beau­ti­ful as they are mys­te­ri­ous. Jean-françois Costa’s col­lec­tion of per­fumery ob­jects d’art be­gan in the Fifties and started out much as any col­lec­tion does, with pas­sion and a love of ac­quir­ing beau­ti­ful things.

It didn’t take long un­til his pro­cliv­ity turned into the ex­otic and ex­traor­di­nary. One-of-a-kind pieces in­clude a French head­shaped bot­tle made out of opal glass with a hint of red for the eyes, ears and teeth from the late 17th to early 18th-cen­tury; and a bronze per­fume vase with a dark green patina in the shape of the head of a sol­dier from the Hel­lenis­tic Pe­riod from around 3 B.C., prob­a­bly used for fu­ner­ary oint­ment and man­u­fac­tured by Orvi­eto or Vulci, famed for their bronzes.

If you like un­usual and beau­ti­ful, this is one mu­seum that you prob­a­bly haven’t heard of that should be on your list of must-sees in The City of Lights. Founded in 1926, the mu­seum fea­tures lots of ol­fac­tory talks that will open your senses to a whole new world of art fea­tur­ing ex­pert per­fumers, art his­to­ri­ans, and cu­ra­tors.

Clock­wise from top left, Jean-françois Costa’s col­lec­tion of per­fumery ob­jects d’art; en­trance of the Museè du Par­fum Frag­o­nard, Paris; open your senses to a whole new world of per­fume

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