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There is a detailed description of the Parfum du Trianon, named after her favorite garden, a perfume which Fargeon designed specifically for her.
I was slightly disappointed by the limited footnoting, which didn’t give ek information about the quotes that were footnoted! Less a book than an extended magazine article.
Lauren rated it it was ok Sep 19, Feb 04, Alexa. Still interesting but Perfumidta was expecting more biographical information. Also highly researched and structured beautifully. May 28, Larissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a This book offers a new look at the world of Marie Antoinette through the story of her personal and exclusive perfumer, Jean-Louis Fargeon.
An admirable attempt to reframe the french revolution from the perspective of one specific and actual everyman, this one of the bourgeois artisanal class. This book would have been better had Feydau been willing to examine these contradictions in depth, rather than excusing them is a few sentences.
Jean-Louis served Marie for fourteen years until when the Revolution swept across France, its wrath aimed at the extravagances of the Royal Court and those who served it. It was an interesting book, but not quite of the traditional biographical vein. This book is a great little addition to any 18th century library. Return to Book Page. Despite how long ago all of this occurred, de Feydeau managed to make Fargeon incredibly likable and other “characters” three-dimensional, which brings the novel to life.
The bottle was discovered in our current century. Fargeon, a lifelong supporter antknieta the Republican cause but a purveyor to the court, was in a dangerous position. Fargeon, a lifelong supporter of the Republican cause but a purveyor to the court, was in a dangerous position. I read, once again, that Rose Bertin, perfumistw a talented clothing designer, is a terrible businesswoman and a bit stuck up even for being the Queen’s milliner.
Apr 11, B rated it liked it.
Here is one of my favorite quotes: I was expecting more information about the scents and body care products she used. Also the scents and descriptions of perfume were delightful, I’m not that well versed but it made a kind of sumptuous read. The scent descriptions in the book are excellent, as well, and detailed enough to give the reader a good sense of the p A brief but informative look at one of the perfumers that Marie Antoinette highly favored.
Plants, flowers, and trees were Marie-Antoinette’s passion; she antoniea the Petit Trianon’s gardens into an enchanted escape from the oppressive shackles of Versailles. Anronieta is the author of several books, including Diptyque, The Guerlain Novel and The Herbarium of Marie Antoinette, which has been translated into several languages.
If you read Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette this book will be a nice accompaniment. And also had the gall to price her items at such exorbitant costs. Trivia About A Scented Palace To ask other readers questions about A Scented Palaceplease sign up. That he wrote letters to his brother was m Such an interesting book, especially the appendices at the back, listing Fargeon’s own antonietx about different scent-giving ingredients and the methods of capturing their scents.
What was obvious from the first page was the author’s passion for perfumery. It is an interesting angle to the history of the Queen of France and the revolution, and the author makes much of Fargeon’s republicanism. The descriptions of Paris and Versailles, and the fetid hallways, courtyards, “smelling of death” and such had been quoted in a review of the movie Marie Antoinette, which is how I heard about this book.
It was very interesting to learn about how to make perfume. Fargeon’s impressions of Marie Antoinette are particularly compelling, in part because of their intimacy and his keen senses, but in part because he is a witness who, despite perfumsta vocation that depended almost entirely on an aristocratic clientele, believed ardently in the ideals of the Revolution.
I found his potions mqria, and I have always felt that Marie Antoinette, while she was an unfortunate spend thrift, was misjudged. She was awarded the Prix Guerlain for this book in and was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in Marie Antoinette, for example, was particularly fond of rose, violet, or tuberose scents.
It was a fresh take I’d never heard before. Her only fault was having been part of an antiquated system that was at its end. A very short read, but fascinating.
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