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12 June 2020

Flowers of Grasse and the Mediterranean

France: Flowers of Grasse and the Mediterranean, 12 June 2020. Images from Phil-Ouest.

Technical Specifications:

Issue Date on Day one on Friday, June 12, 2020
Illustrated obliteration 1st day in PARIS at Le Carré d’Encre, from 10am to 1pm and from 2.30pm to 5pm (closed on Monday), 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS (entrance by 42 rue Godot de Mauroy). (Obliteration is available for 6 months)
General sale on Monday, June 15, 2020 Info
Face value: €3.88 See fares as of June 15, 2020
4 green letters up to 20g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (army)
Stamp – Serration : 13
Total dimensions: 110×160 mm
Colors : polychrome on light olive-green background
Printed in heliography 4 stamps per sheet
Issued to 350,000 copies

Illustration by Nancy PE-A
From photo – Carlo Barbiero, photographer, International Museum of Perfumery, Grasse – France

The “Orange Blossom” stamp is flavoured with orange blossom

Tuberous

Violet

Rose of May

Orange Blossom

A bit of history
The flowers belong to the cultural heritage of the country of Grasse: they have shaped the landscape, given birth to colourful and joyful local festivals and contributed to the fame and economic development of the city.

From the Middle Ages, the abundance of springs and aromatic plants in Grasse favoured the installation of tanners, who developed a craft around the ganterie. The perfumery is born of this craft and the climatic context particularly conducive to the cultivation of perfumed plants.

As early as 1800, the restanques on the edge of the city were covered with jasmines, orange trees, rose bushes, breakers, daffodils and tuberoses.

At the beginning of the 20th century, at the height of the cultivation of perfume plants with 2,000 hectares, the harvests follow each other in Grasse from March until November: an exclusively manual activity, mainly carried out by women, the collection takes place at dawn, using baskets or large aprons with upturned edges and attached to the waist to accumulate flowers.

In this territory, the know-how, transmitted orally and gesturally, is perpetuated. The quality of natural raw materials, natural products derived from their extraction, as well as the art of composing perfumes are unanimous. Producers, pickers, workers, perfumers, researchers… form a true community for which to preserve and transmit this balance becomes fundamental. The inscription in 2018 of the “Perfume-Related Know-How” in 2018 is a reward for the excellence of the country.

Four emblematic flowers to tell this heritage: the May rose or centifolia “hundred-leaf”, celebrated every spring in Grasse; the tuberose with a perfume conducive to love, one of the most powerful in the plant kingdom; the bigaradier orange blossom ,which offers gastronomy and perfumery its water and essential oil called neroli; Finally, violet, present at the foot of olive trees, whose flowers are used in confectionery or by florists and leaves in perfumery.

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