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Monday, July 29, 2013

Rouge de la Cour by Guerlain c1910

Rouge de la Cour by Guerlain, introduced in the mid 19th century and was still being sold around 1910. This was sold as Court Rouge in the Guerlain catalogs, but was better known by the name rouge en tasse "pink saucers". It was item #434 in the Guerlain catalogs.

The pink saucers, also known as rouge de theatre, consisted of carthamus rouge (rouge vegetal) or carmine  mixed with a few drops of almond oil, and with mucilage of gum tragacanth, and spread upon porcelain or glass disks, which would have then be brushed on the cheeks with the fingers, a small puff, a piece of flannel, swab of cotton or a brush.

original image from a Guerlain catalog

photo by Lombrail-Teucquam

Cheek rouge, pressed into small glass pot. c1880-1915. Photo from imworld.aufeminin

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