Guerlain Bees – Paris

November 14, 2013

We recently worked with FullBlownMetals to gold plate 37 stainless steel bees for the House of Guerlain in Paris. Guerlain is a French Perfume House founded in 1828 and is one of the oldest in the world, the bee being the symbol of the house.

The founder of Guerlain, Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain, created perfume for the wife of French Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. Guerlain also went on to create perfumes for Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Queen Isabella II of Spain.

These stainless steel bees were inflated, mirror polished and then brush electro-plated by hand to match a specific gold colour sample that had to be first approved by Guerlain. Now completed, 35 out of the original 37 bees are now hanging in the reception area of the House of Guerlain in Paris.

bees_steel

bee_gold

bees_gold_a

bees_gold_b

bees_gold_c

Images kindly supplied by WILLBAUGH.