Eau de Cologne Impériale
GraceBY Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain (1853)
AN ODE TO EUGENIE,WIFE OF NAPOLEON III
The Empress sings the praises of Guerlain. Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, founder of the House, wants to conquer the world. He composes the fresh and citrusy Eau de Cologne Impériale in her honour.
HER MAJESTY'S PATENTED PERFUMERAfter the Empress Eugénie, the European courts clamour for his creations. Guerlain would become the supplier of Elizabeth of Austria, the famous Sissi, Queen Victoria and Queen Isabella of Spain.
THE BOTTLE PAYING TRIBUTE
TO THE IMPERIAL EMBLEMPochet & du Courval, glassmakers for Guerlain, create the "bee" bottle.
Its tile shapes, inspired by the dome of the Vendôme column, are decorated with 69 golden bees.
A FAVOURITE SYMBOL OF THE HOUSEIt has been inspiring Guerlain and its designers for almost two centuries.