Grasse was detached from the department of Var in 1860 to form, with the county of Nice, the department of Alpes-Maritimes of which it is the sub-prefecture. It is on the limestone hill of Le Puy that was built the medieval village or old town, which remains the historic heart. In the Middle Ages, the town of Grasse specialized in leather: the skins were tanned on the spot and then exported to Italy. A craftsman had the idea of creating the first perfumed leather gloves and allowed the rise of the "glove perfumers" who acquired a deserved reputation among the nobility. Place aux Aires, crossed by a canal, was for a long time the stronghold of tanners. When the leather industry declined, the perfume industry took over with the craze for creams, soaps and perfumed waters with rare scents demanded by all the courts of Europe: lavender, myrtle, jasmine, rose, carnation, mimosa, tuberose, violet? From the end of the 18th century, Grasse experienced an extraordinary development in perfumery which still makes it shine today. The Provençal city clinging to the hillside is considered to be the world capital of perfume.

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Exposition consacrée à Leonetto Cappiello au Musée International de la Parfumerie

The Italian illustrator Leonetto Cappiello has distinguished himself brilliantly in the early days of poster advertising. In 1898, he moved to Paris and collaborated with newspapers, the Imprimeries Vercasson, then with the famous publisher Devambez. His posters such as Papier à cigarettes Job, Cachou Lajaunie and Dubonnet went round the world. He devoted a large part of his work to beauty and perfumery, where he magnified the female figure ...

Le Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence met Charles Nègre à l'honneur

What better occasion than the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Nègre in 2020 for the city of Grasse to celebrate the avant-garde artist. A classical and academic painter who graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in the 1840s, Charles Nègre became interested in and experimented with photography shortly after its appearance and established himself as a true pioneer of the discipline. He invented his own heliographic engraving ...

Grasse, la ville aux senteurs de la Côte d'Azur

Grasse was detached from the Var department in 1860 to form the Alpes-Maritimes department with the county of Nice of which it is the sub-prefecture. It is on the limestone hill of Le Puy that the medieval village was built, which remains the historical heart. To the north of Cannes, this Provençal city clinging to the hillside is also considered to be the world capital of perfume. Zoom in on a charming Côte d'Azur escapade. At the ...

L'email Gourmand fête ses 15 ans

The 15 candles of the reference site of the gourmet news in the PACA region were blown out Monday evening in the city of Grasse during an event organized for this purpose. A cocktail reception commemorated these beautiful years of news at Bastide Saint-Antoine where friends, chiefs and vineyards were in the spotlight. Congratulations to Michelle and Gérard Bernar who keep us informed of the latest news on Provençal and Mediterranean ...

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