The New Orleans Museum of Art will be hosting SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY: Perfume Bottles & Related Accessories from Antiquity to Present:
Just as young gentleman charmed the women in Jane Austin’s [sic] Sense and Sensibility, perfumes have inspired people for centuries. The designs of each unique bottle reflect history. Curator John Keefe, Curator of Decorative Arts, showcases the art of perfumery and the craftsmanship behind each scent’s unique case in Scents and Sensibility, on display on the New Orleans Museum of Art’s (NOMA) second floor June 23 - October 24, 2010.
Sense and Sensibility [sic] showcases 125 objects covering the history of the scent bottle from its ancient origins to the present day. Scents, or perfumes, have been a part of civilization for more than four-thousand years and have characterized every known civilization. “Scents and their containers have fascinated the world from Julius Caesar to Coco Chanel,” Keefe said.
The opening celebration, which is free to the public, will be on June 30 from 6 to 8 pm:
From 6-8 p.m., Hove Parfumeurs will demonstrate how their luxury French Quarter boutique produces unique scents using indiginous [sic] Creole materials.
A full cash bar featuring frozen "couture cosmos" will be available in honor of Chanel, Givency, Ballenciaga, [sic] Dior, and other couturiers highlighted within the exhibit.
Brennan's Courtyard Cafe will remain open as well, offering a selection of pastries, soups and coffee.
You can find more information at the Museum's Facebook page. (via press release)
Update ~ the amazing piece shown below is "Perfume flask in the form of a pig, 100-300 A.D., Tranparent pale yelllo green pinch together: i.e. non-lead glass: blown, applied, tooled and threaded. [sic] Roman empire: Syro-Palestine era." It is reportedly the most popular piece of glass in the museum's permanent collection.