The Fan Museum in Greenwich has come up with yet another fascinating exhibition. This time round it's all about the parallels between fans and perfume. It may seem all too obvious for visitors of this quiet Greenwich treasure (the only one of its kind in the world) that fans would actually be the main attraction but trust me you're in for as much a surprise as I was. It was all about bottles. Perfume bottles that is.
It was fascinating to see not only the bottles of some of the most famous Perfume Houses (Christian Dior, Bourjois, Penhaligon's, Guerlain, Roger & Gallet, Floris, and Angela Flanders) dating back to 1900 but also how these bottles of scent had much in common with fans. It was striking for me to know from the museum curator that at the beginning of the 20th century perfumers very often used fans as advertising giveaways to present a new fragrance to the press or to their best clients. Samples of these are beautifully displayed in the exhibition and I couldn't have enough of them, myself an avid collector of scent bottles for so long.
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