The Tuileries Collection
Portrait of a Queen and a tribute to French Heritage
For the 380th anniversary, Trudon dives back into history and launches a new collection names Tuileries: available in four candle sizes and a diffuser with refill. The new scent hints back at the French heritage and the countless stories it holds.
The Tuileries collection finds its inspiration in a rare document kept at the French National Archives: the Gazette des Atours de le Reine. In which seems like an ordinary notebook, countess Genevieve d'Ossun - a French courtier who serves as a lady in waiting and first maid of honour to Marie-Antoinette - gathered many fabric samples used to tailor the sovereigns' many dresses and royal outfits.
In the early months of the French Revolution, Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI were forced to leave Versailles for the Tuileries Palace in Paris, which was located across from the louvre. From the 6th October 1789, the reigning family was confined under house arrest, where they would remain until 10 August 1792. Although less well known than the glorious years at the Versailles and Trianon chateaux, this historical period is well documented in public and private archives, many of which are held at the French National Archives.
Shortly after the Revolution, the Royal Wax Manufacture, under the ownership of the Trudon family, lost its status as supplier to the King and its future was in jeopardy. It was ultimately granted an administrative authorization to remain in business and even to continue supplying the royal family until its last days.
Between 1791 and 1792, though the Queen was kept under close surveillance after an escape attempt, she still managed to write letters to her confident, Axel von Fersen, a Swedish count, she met in 1774 during a masquerade ball at the Opera de Paris.