Cire Trudon: Candles and Modern Enlightenment

Did you know that Marie Antoinette’s candlemaker is still going strong? Cire Trudon is proof that some trades do not go out of fashion or utility. It is one of the oldest candle makers in the world, founded in 1643, has lit royal balls, the Academy and even the last hours of King Louis XVI and his family before his execution. It was reportedly the candle maker for both Marie and Napoleon and supposedly a Cire Trudon candle was one of the gifts Napoleon gave to his son when he was born. The company survived the reign after reign, the revolution, and even the proliferation of gas and electric light. In our modern day, the candles were used in the 2006 Sophia Coppola movie and has expanded into locations throughout the country, including Chicago and Dallas.

Go to its web site to see its elegant collection of candles and sculpted wax works, as well as a lexicon of candlemaking. Who says old school trades fade out of fashion?

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