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Paris, France — A small perfume bottle in the shape of a bird in porcelain, gold, enamel and agate fashioned in England in the 18th century by the French jeweler Charles Gouyn, a whimsical perfume bottle in the shape of a champagne bottle and myriad objects from Antiquity related to perfume. These are among the rare and exceptional objects on display at the Musée du Parfum de Fragonard. It is one of the great Parisian places bringing together myriad French arts and crafts and showcasing the history of perfume. The Grasse-based perfume maker Fragonard re-opened the doors of its perfume museum in Paris last March 14th to reveal once again one of the finest and largest collections of old and ancient perfume bottles and containers in the world. The museum is nestled into a 19th century private mansion, replete with wall moldings, parquet floors and chandeliers, just footsteps away from the Garnier Opera House and the visitor is plunged into Paris of the Second Empire in the finely appointed rooms on the first floor of the home where the Costa family, the owners of Fragonard, share their fabulous collection with the world at large.
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