About: Saskia Wilson-Brown

I'm an artist, film producer, and founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction, which is devoted to creative experimentation with a focus on scent. I recently led a free public perfumery workshop, Scents of Byzantium, at the Getty Villa.

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Froth and Folly: Nobility and Perfumery at the Court of Versailles

Potpourri holder once owned by Madame de Pompadour
Detail of a potpourri holder once owned by Madame de Pompadour. One of a pair of vases (pots-pourris fontaine or pots-pourri à dauphins), about 1760, made at the Sèvres Manufactory with painted decoration attributed to Charles-Nicolas Dodin. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 78.DE.358

How did Louis XIV’s court smell? More»

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What Did the Byzantine Empire Smell Like?

Bottles of aromatics at a recent Getty Villa workshop
Byzantium in a bottle (or two)

Visit medieval Constantinople through perfume you can make yourself. More»

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      Messages on a Bottle

      Around the body in a very swirly script it reads “Pan e vin e va cantando” or “Bread and wine and merriment.” 

      On the bottom of the bottle an inscription adds, “kan’t Brood en […] Wijn niet doen? Wat Zouts kan’t Mael vergoên” or “If bread and wine fail to do so, a little pinch of salt can save a meal.”

      Calligraphy was a common hobby of the wealthy in the northern Netherlands in the mid-1600s. This bottle’s designer, Willem Jacobsz van Heemskerk, signed his name in more fancy lettering.

      05/03/16

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