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Mr Selfridge S02E04

Kitty (Amy Beth Hayes) and Jessie (Sai Bennett) are collecting money for the Belgian Relief Fund, an international organization that supplied food to occupied Belgium and northern France during WWI.

Their counter is basically a display for Guerlain bottles.

Many of them are flacons abeilles, first used in 1828 to house the Eau de Cologne Impériale. The classic version of this bottle have the bees simply painted in gold enamel, while those with gold front label are the flacons abeilles dorées.

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There are two flacons bouchon coeur, too. The choice is historically accurate because they first appeared in 1912; too bad one of these is a spray bottle, clearly not available at the time in which the tv show is set.

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Last, there’s a flacon quadrilobe, another historically accurate choice because this bottle first appeared in 1908 to house the perfume Rue de la Paix, then used for the extraits of several fragrances.

Halston E03 (The Sweet Smell of Success)

One of the most interesting scenes of the episode sees Halston (Ewan McGregor) and Elsa Peretti (Rebecca Dayan) going to Bergdorf Goodman to check how the newly-launched fragrance is doing. The sales assistant explains that it’s sold out.

There’s a huge bottle on the counter, but the prop masters have done something weird here: they put the glass stopper of the original Halston perfume on a bottle of Halston Couture, a fragrance launched in 1988 (two years before the designer’s death). The original bottle was all made of glass, while the other had accents of silver, stopper included.

This scene is not all about Halston, though: if we look behind Elsa and Halston, we can see a couple of factice flacons bouchon coeur by Guerlain. It’s impossible to know what fragrance they contain. Maybe Mitsouko?

When Halston and Elsa leave the room, we can see on a glass table a factice bottle of Guerlain Chamade, created by Jean-Paul Guerlain and launched in 1969.

Next to Chamade there’s a flacon montre of Shalimar eau de cologne, a trademark prop in many Ryan Murphy shows. The gold stopper is historically accurate because it was used between 1972 and 1979.

Self-Portrait Reflection in the Window of the Guerlain Boutique (1930)

This self portrait was taken by the American photographer Lee Miller around 1930 in Paris. The surface reflecting her image was the window of the Guerlain boutique.

The two bottles are flacons bouchon coeur, designed by Raymond Guerlain in the early 1910s to house three fragrances in their extrait version (L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko and Fol Arôme). The front labels are not readable, so it’s impossible to know exactly what perfumes they contained. We can make some assumptions, though: all the three fragrances I’ve mentioned above are good candidates, because they were released well before the 1930s (L’Heure Bleue and Fol Arôme in 1912, Mitsouko in 1919). One may also include Shalimar as a possible candidate: launched in 1925 in the famous flacon chauve souris, somehow it was available in the flacon bouchon coeur, too, although it’s an anomaly, as beautifully explained by Dimitri Dimitriadis.

Another question that arises is about the location of the shop. Where was this picture taken? The French perfume house was founded in 1828 and had its first shop at 42, rue de Rivoli in Paris. In 1840 the flagship store was opened at 15, rue de la Paix. When Miller took this picture, the flagship store was at  68, Champs-Elysées, the same location it has today. That is where the beautiful picture above was taken and that is where Miller’s picture was taken as well.

Miller took other pictures outside the Guerlain store, and from them we can see the location was indeed the Champs-Elysées (see the characteristic arched windows).

Special mention to the shot Exploding Hand, which shows the scratches left by thousands of rings, worn by Guerlain customers, on the glass entrance door.

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Thanks to my friend Rocco for sharing this photo with me.

Arabesque (1966)

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arabesque_bornunicorn (3)There are two Guerlain perfumes in the bedroom Yasmin has in Beshraavi’s mansion.

SHALIMAR08010 BASEAOne is the flacon chauve souris of Shalimar.

The other is a flacon bouchon coeur, but it’s hard to tell what perfume it contains, since the front sticker is not clearly visible.

I’m still thinking about the white ribbed bottle standing between the Guerlain perfumes. It looks familiar but all my researches have led nowhere so far. How frustrating!

Mr Selfridge S04E01

mrselfridge_s04e01_bornunicorn (1)Guerlain, Caron and Jean Patou perfumes are displayed at Selfridge’s beauty department.

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voldenuit_vintage_guerlain_bornunicornFrom the far left: there are Guerlain Mitsouko (in the flacon bouchon coeur) and Vol de Nuit (in the flacon rayonnant) on a tray.
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On the glass counter there are Jean Patou Colony (in the quirky pineapple bottle) and L’Heure Attendue.

While I appreciate the choice of displaying these beautiful bottles, there’s a problem: Colony, created by Henri Almeras, was launched in 1938, ten years after the time in which the 4th season is set (1928). The situation is even worse for L’Heure Attendue, another Almeras creation launched in 1946, 18 years later.

Last, there’s a bottle of Caron Tabac Blond in a glass cabinet on the far left. It’s a correct choice, because this innovative creation by Ernest Daltroff was launched in 1919.

The French Line (1953)

Mame Carson (Jane Russell) is a millionairess with an oil empire and an unlucky love life. In the first part of the film she’s still engaged, though, and in the first musical act she’s getting ready to meet his fiancé. She likes wearing working clothes but her boudoir shows her love for furry rugs, velvet and satin furniture and perfumes! There’s an impressive display of bottles on her vanity.

The first bottle which appears in this scene is in the bathroom, where Mame’s maid, Clare (Theresa Harris) is spraying some fragrance.

On a marble counter behind Clare there’s a Guerlain flacon montre of Shalimar (see the orange red disk).

Mame takes a bubble bath, then gets changed behind the vanity mirror.

Starting from left bottom I’ve spotted a flacon quadrilobe by Guerlain, Lucien Lelong Sirocco and Bourjois Mais Oui.

On the second shelf there are Guerlain Shalimar in the flacon chauve souris and another Guerlain fragrance in the flacon bouchon coeur.

On the top shelf there are two unknown bottles, while the one in the middle is Guerlain Sous le Vent in the beautiful flacon tonnelet.

Last, there’s the unique pyramid-shape bottle of Lucien Lelong Opening Night on a shelf on the left.

Anna May Wong’s Dressing Table (1933)

annamaywong_bornunicornThis beautiful picture of the American actress was taken backstage at the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen (Scotland) in October 1933. Max Factor Supreme. Among the beauty products on her dressing table there are two particularly interesting items.

maxfactorsupremefacepowder_bornunicornThe first – in the round tin box – is Max Factor Supreme face powder, which was part of a theatrical make-up line.

The second is the iconic flacon bouchon coeur by Guerlain. The label cannot be read, so it’s hard to tell what fragrance it contained. We can make some assumptions, though.

guerlainflaconbouchoncoeur_bornunicornThis bottle was originally created for the extracts of L’Heure BleueFol Arôme (both released in 1912) and Mitsouko (released in 1919). All of them were released way before 1933, so one of these could be sitting on Wong’s table.

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Written on the Wind (1956)

The dresser in the picture above is packed with perfume bottles. Among them, I’ve able to identify the following (from left to right):

fabergetigress_bornunicornFabergé Tigress, launched in 1938. It’s the bottle with the fake fur stopper. Another bottle can be seen on the right, with the stopper with a different fur pattern.

caronbellodgia_bornunicornCaron Bellodgia, created by Ernest Daltroff and launched in 1927. There are two bottles of this.

bourjois_maisoui_bornunicornBourjois Mais Oui, launched in 1938. There are two bottles with the signature fan-shaped stopper; one of them is in its open box.

guerlain_mitsouko_bornunicornGuerlain flacon bouchon coeur. Impossible to tell which fragrance it contained.

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Lying with You (2017)

lyingwithyou_bornunicornThe latest music video by Charlotte Gainsbourg – Lying with You, from the album Rest – turns out to be an unexpected perfume lover mecca. Directed by Gainsbourg herself, it’s set in the apartment at 5 bis Rue de Verneuil (Paris) where her father, Serge Gainsbourg, lived. Soon to become a museum, it’s filled with objects that the French artist used and loved; among them, a massive amount of perfumes and toiletries.

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guerlainshalimaratomiser_bornunicornIn the screencap above, from left to right, there are two refillable atomisers by Guerlain – Chant d’Arômes in the white canister with leaf details and Shalimar with the blue arabesque pattern.aramis_bornunicornNext, there’s a bottle of Estee Lauder Aramis, created in 1966 by Bernard Chant.

guerlaingoutteflacon_bornunicornThe drop-shaped bottle is the flacon goutte by Guerlain. It was used for different perfumes, so it’s impossible to tell which one it contains.

lancomemagienoire_bornunicornThere’s also a bottle of Lancôme Magie Noire, created by Gerard Goupy in 1978.

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yslopiumdustingpowder1_bornunicorn.jpgThere are two body perfumes, too – the box and the shaker versions of Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfumed dusting powder.

eauxdeguerlain_bornunicornThe last bottle on the far right is the flacon abeilles by Guerlain.

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guerlainrefillableatomiser1980s_bornunicornfloridawatercologne_bornunicornThere’s another Guerlain refillable atomiser, the one made of golden metal, launched in 1982. On the far right there’s a tall bottle of Murray & Lanman Florida Water cologne, first launched in 1808.

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hermesdoblis_bornunicornsantamarianovellasoap_bornunicornIn the screencap above, there’s a bottle of Hermès Doblis, created by Guy Robert and launched in 1955. Next to it, a box of Santa Maria Novella soap: I do believe this is the vintage version of the almond soap.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme eau de toilette 100 ml spraySerge Gainsbourg’s signature perfume – Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme – is featured too. It was created in 1978 by Louis Monnet.

lyingwithyou(1)_bornunicornAnother shot of the same perfume tray reveals the presence of more Guerlain products.

guerlaineauimperialeatomiser_bornunicorn.jpgThere’s the refillable atomiser of Eau Impériale.

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lyingwithyou(2)_bornunicornLastly, there’s a vintage bottle of Garnier Birkin shampoo (or hair lotion). I wonder if Gainsbourg actually used it or just kept a bottle as a homage to his partner (and Charlotte’s mother) Jane Birkin.

Thanks to Vincent Legrudge for the Guerlain ids.

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