Tsar's scents donated to museum

The museum Tsarskoye Selo received a collection of perfumes formerly belonging to the the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family, the St. Petersburg Times reports. The flasks were donated by Zinaida Volodina-Pessoa, a representative of the Canadian Svetoch Slavic Culture Association. Volodina-Pessoa had found the historic fragrances at auctions and antique shops. According to her, all perfumes were produced in the beginning of the 20th century.
Having a look at the perfumes' names, you can detect a clear fondness for floral notes on the part of the female family members. While Nicholas' wife Alexandra Fyodorovna liked the scent „White Rose“ by then London based label Atkinson, the Emperor's daughters prefered those of the French brand Coty. Olga owned a bottle with the inscription “La Rose Jacqueminot“ (tea rose), Anastasia favoured the flavour of violets, Tatyana sprinkled herself with a jasmine fragrance and Maria presumably smelled of lilies.
The Tsarskoye Selo museum was a former residence of Tsar Nicholas II and family. It will present the ancient perfumes in an upcoming exhibition on the occassion of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.


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