Bleu de Guimet, Paris Blue, Taint, Whitening Agent, Blanchissement, Azur Powder, Laundry Blue, Ultramarine

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Bleu de Guimet, Paris Blue, Taint, Whitening Agent, Blanchissement, Azur Powder, Laundry Blue, Ultramarine

These are two un-opened boxes of the famous Guimet Bleu balls which are no longer manufactured. I have given a little historical info below. The Guimet Bleu is a striking blue (azur) and generally used to whiten linens . . . a lovely collectible item as they are becoming rare.

CONDITION : New boxes. Un-opened. I cannot guarantee the condition of the contents although I suspect, given their previous storage, that they are in excellent vintage condition. The boxes are obviously a little worn and frayed around the edges etc.

Largest Box
Length : 4.4" (11.2 cm) approx
Height : 1.7" (4.5 cm) approx
Depth : 2.9" (7.6 cm) approx
Weight : 360 grammes

"Hubert Guimet’s great-great-grandfather, Jean-Baptiste GUIMET (1795-1871), a graduate engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique, invented the artificial Ultramarine Blue « le bleu Guimet » (1828). This invention started as a beautiful love story. His wife, a painter, as many other artists in the 19th century, used genuine Ultramarine made from the semi-precious gem lapis lazuli which was very costly at that time.

Confident that his invention should not be limited to the use of artists, he decided to apply it to the industrial technique of “azurage” which was both a laundry taint and a whitening ingredient if used as a laundry detergent, (blue little pellets still present in today’s detergents) and he created his factory in FLEURIEU SUR SAONE in 1831."

For REDUCED SHIPPING costs, feel free to contact me if ordering more than one item. This item ships from France. Please note that any props used in the photographing of this item are not included in the sale, thank you for your understanding.



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