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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Advertising Figurines from Cointreau liquor : From the 30's to the 80's ( The 4th one from the left is a replica from 1936 created by Jean Mercier.Limoges. 15,000 made) .
    All advertising pieces made for the US market.
    Cointreau Distillery was first set up in 1849 by Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau, who were both famous master confectioners, when they started making spirits using only local fruits. The first liqueur to have success in the Cointreau distillery was actually not the now famous orange spirit, but rather a cherry liqueur (called guignolet).

    In 1875, Edouard-Jean Cointreau’s son Edouard, distilled Cointreau a spirit from sweet and bitter orange peels.

    By the turn of the 20th century, the Cointreau distillery was already selling nearly 800,000 bottles per year of the unique bitter orange spirit and Cointreau opens it’s first branches in Europe as well as developing the Pierrot character, which remains the symbolic image of the brand.

    By the early 1920s, grandson’s of the first Edouard-Jean Cointreau, Louis and Andre, take over the family business and make Cointreau into a worldwide brand—exporting the liqueur to the Unites States .

    These days, an estimated 13 million bottles are sold each year.
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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      I love the Pierrot figures!
      Are they marked at the bottom?
      The pierrot figure was invented by an Italian Nicholas Tamagno and is based on an image of the mime Émile de Najac photographed by Nadar aka Gaspard-Félix Tournachon
      ( - a revolving self portrait!)

      There's an amazing Cointreau post card collection here ( in French)

      Thanks for sharing these fantastic French items.
    2. Zatsoc Zatsoc, 9 years ago
      Thanks so much Vetraio50 for all those infos !!!!

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