|Only the word Triumph could describe Napoleon’s immense glory. And Triomphe was the name of one of the perfumes François Rancé dedicated to the idol of his life.
Heritage of Rance Imperial Collection
The lives of Napoleon and François Rancé founder of the Rancé perfumery, crossed in Paris. Napoleon, the great leader and perfume lover, demanded François the most famous perfumer of the time, to attend his ateleier and be his apprentice so that he could reach the heart of an art which fascinated him.
This was a great honour for François. He – the acknowledged king of perfumery – had left the South of France for Paris. With great pleasure he devoted himself to his extraordinary pupil, the ruler of France.
Napoleon’s passion for perfume grew after this experience, and Rancé’s admiration and devotion to Napoleon and his family became enormous. These sentiments, which François passed on to his descendats and which were a constant throughout various Rancé generations, gave rise to the perfumes which Rancé dedicated to the heroes and heroines of the Napoleonic era.