The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier

The lavender distillation specialist Emmanuel Dalla Favera presents his collection in an exhibition taking place inside the Cordeliers Convent in Forcalquier until August 25.
By Angélique Jurquet

Since July 20, the galleries of the Cordeliers Convent in Forcalquier are occupied by strange copper jars and vats…They are for the purposes of the exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender,” which allows you to learn more about the ancestral distillation techniques of this flower that smells so good in Provence. You will discover objects dating back to last century and belonging to the collector Emmanuel Dalla Favera, genuinely passionate about this process.

The main room sets the scene of this exhibition, divided into three different areas. After admiring the bottles containing lavender perfumes and waters, you discover some “estagnons,” copper pots that stored oils and essences. A Maralpin is also exhibited; it’s a 19th-century still with the capacity to process up to 50 kilos of the famous purple flower! Another object used for distillation of lavender last century, the “essencier” or “Florentine Vase” separator has pride of place in the second room. In the last room, old books and pages demonstrate that lavender has been used in Provence since time immemorial. This fascinating exhibition that is free to visit and continues until next August 25…

Discover
“100 ans d'histoire de la lavande” until August 25
Galleries of the Cordeliers Convent in Forcalquier
Open daily, except Tuesday, 11am-1pm and 4-7pm.
Free entry.
The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier
The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier
Discover objects dating back to last century and belonging to the collector Emmanuel Dalla Favera.
Photography : Emmanuel Dalla Favera
The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier
The Exhibition “100 Years of History of Lavender” in Forcalquier
Since July 20, the galleries of the Cordeliers Convent in Forcalquier are occupied by strange copper jars and vats…
Photography : Emmanuel Dalla Favera

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