The word ‘Baccarat’ was written on particular pages from the Grossmith formulae books so Simon contacted the company in Paris to ask what this meant. Baccarat replied saying they had kept all moulds from 1800 onwards at their factory in Alsace and they would search for the Grossmith mould.
To much amazement, three months later Baccarat sent a copy of the original order placed by John Lipscomb Grossmith in 1919, along with a drawing of the flacon. John Lipscomb Grossmith not only commissioned the hand blown and polished Baccarat crystal flacons but also created special fragrance formulae for Grossmith’s new ‘Serie de Luxe’.
The chance to present the newly recreated perfumes in flacons made using the original, almost 100 year old mould was irresistible.
The new crystal flacons are etched in pure gold, hand filled with special extrait concentration perfumes and tied with a golden silk thread. Each flacon is individually numbered and bears the Grossmith monogram and Baccarat estampille on the base. Shem-el-Nessim, Phul-Nana, Hasu-no-Hana and Betrothal are decorated using motifs from Grossmith’s archive. A new design was created for the Diamond Jubilee Bouquet flacon referencing the exquisite metalwork of the gates at Buckingham Palace.
Grossmith has commissioned superb hand-made wooden coffrets finished in six coats of white piano lacquer with the Grossmith monogram and logo in gold foil blocking and opened with a golden key. The flacons rest on a lining of midnight blue velvet.