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Mademoiselle Antoinette's Parfumerie opened June 3, 2011 in New Oreleans Square, where Jewel of Orleans once resided.

There was a shop by this same name previously, which opened in 1966 and is named after Marie Antoinette.

Starting in the mid 1990's it was Jewel of Orleans, selling estate jewlery, until 2011.

When the shop reopened, it is once again a perfumery, formerly home to Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie where guests were able to mix their own custom scents and have them bottled.

For the trivia buffs, you'll notice the sign for Jewel of Orleans in the photograph is a small perfume bottle that has actually remained ever since original perfumery closed!

The new store is being operated in partnership with LVMH, purveyors of fine French perfumes. Classic fragrances from the houses of Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Acqua di Parma and Fendii can be found.

 
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The artwork on the mirrors in Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie is a true treasure not to be missed. The mirror panel paintings were created using a technique called reverse painting, a lost art with a history tracing back to the 14th century.

These paintings of flower bouquets, birds and butterflies measure over one foot wide and almost seven feet high. At the time, they were believed to be the largest such painted mirrors ever created.

 
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Glendra von Kessel was commissioned by Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney, to create the paintings for the opening of the parfumerie in 1966. Walt Disney sent Glendra, to Paris to study the process that had not been used for over 150 yrs before she came back to the studio to do all of the artwork on all of those glass panes.

Then they were sent to a mirror making shop to apply the reflective coating to become mirrors in that very unique style of France of so many years ago. You can see the style in Paris' old structures of elegance. Sadly, Glendra passed away before they were completed and Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond stepped in to finish them.

Above are some rare photos of Glendra von Kessel, taken while she was painting the amazing mirrors. Her signature remains on them today.

 
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