Un exquisito perfume antiguo

foto: Kunstpedia.com

foto: Kunstpedia.com      Detalle de cassolette india de plata, siglo XVII

En un viejo libro Inglés  A collection of the most easy and approved methods of preparing baths, essences, pomatums, powders, perfumes, sweet-scented waters and opiates, for preserving the teeth and gums and sweetening the breath, 1787,  de la colección ECCO, encontramos una receta fácil y de aroma dulce para ”Una Cassolette”.

Una cassolette es, según el diccionario Merriam Webster, ”un recipiente, a menudo con tapa perforada, en el que pueden guardarse o quemarse perfumes”. Compartimos la receta para que sus casas puedan oler de maravillas también.

Las instrucciones requieren  ”Incorporar los polvos de orris florentino, estoraque, benjuí y otros aromáticos con agua de azahar. Poner esta pasta en una caja pequeña de plata o cobre, forrada con estaño. Cuando desee usar este perfume, coloque la caja sobre un fuego suave o sobre cenizas calientes, y exhalará un olor sumamente delicioso”.

Caro y Virginia

imagen: Ruskin.ashmolean.orgartista: John Ruskin,  Iris Fiorentina, 1871

imagen: Ruskin.ashmolean.org
artista: John Ruskin, Iris Fiorentina, 1871

An exquisite ancient perfume

In an old English book A collection of the most easy and approved methods of preparing baths, essences, pomatums, powders, perfumes, sweet-scented waters and opiates, for preserving the teeth and gums and sweetening the breath, 1787,  digital collection ECCO, we found an easy and sweet-smelling recipe for ”A Cassolette”.

A cassolette is, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, ”a vessel often with a perforated cover in which perfumes may be kept or burned”. We share the recipe so that your homes can smell heavenly too.

The instructions ask to ”Incorporate the powders of Florentine orris, styrax, benzoin and other aromatics with orange flower water. Put this paste into a little silver or copper box lined with tin. When you have a mind to use this perfume, set the box on a gentle fire or on hot ashes, and it will exhale a most delightful odour”.

Caro & Virginia

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