To mark 400 years of ceramic creation, Guerlain and Arita Porcelain Lab create a limited edition of the iconic Guerlain Mitsouko perfume bottle. Crafted entirely by hand using traditional techniques, the bottle is decorated with symbols of good fortune, melding tradition and modernity. Arita Porcelain Lab is the modern brand name of the Yazaemon Kiln, one of Arita’s oldest and largest-scale operating kilns, which was established over 200 years ago.
The luxury and modern style of Arita Porcelain Lab’s porcelain pieces are created one by one by handwork of skilled artisans,
taking advantage of the unique techniques inherited in tradition of Yazaemon kiln, which evolved through
countless trials. Arita is celebrating 400 years of ceramic creation this year by combining its savoir-faire with that of Maison Guerlain.
Japan and the culture of Far East have enticed Europe in 1919. This was the moment when Jacques Guerlain named his new fragrance Mitsouko. Mitsouko means “mystery” in Japanese and symbolises passionate and mysterious femininity. The fragrance has remained as exceptional as ever over the years, emblematic of the timeless appeal that characterizes the chypre fragrance family.
A flagship of Japan’s ceramic industry, the Arita workshop has adorned the Mitsouko bottle with auspicious symbols. They include the rising sun, traditionally equated with “clear skies” and good fortune – the paulownia to represent elegance, a plum tree, symbolizing life, the peony to ward off negative energy, and the chrysanthemum, representing longevity.
This collaboration between the perfumer and porcelain artisan is featured in an exhibition at the Guerlain boutique on the Champs Élysées, showcasing both the Mitsouko bottle and emblematic pieces from the Japanese porcelain workshop.