L'Odyssée d'un Roi
More than 50 individual artisans have devoted over 1,000 hours per piece to produce the three bespoke masterpieces of L'Odyssée d'un Roi. Each is unique and was presented in 2015 at exclusive events in culture capitals on different continents as part of a yearlong travelling exhibition.
The Film Foundation
With the support of Sotheby’s, each work of art created for L'Odyssée d'un Roi was auctioned with proceeds benefiting The Film Foundation, a non- profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese and several other leading filmmakers to preserve and restore classic films, ensuring their survival for future generations.
The bespoke trunk created for L'Odyssée d'un Roi was hand-stitched by Hermès using the finest leathers. Modelled on a classic steamer trunk, it evokes a bygone era of luxury travel. The design of the interior was created for a very precise function, which is to luxuriously house a unique magnum decanter of LOUIS XIII.
The special L'Odyssée d'un Roi crystal decanter and its elegant matching serving glasses were mouth-blown, cut and engraved entirely by hand at the royal cristallerie Saint-Louis. The ancient, painstaking technique of copper-wheel engraving has given these crystal works their regal profile.
The white gold pipette of L'Odyssée d'un Roi was forged by hand by the Art Deco silversmith Puiforcat for the ritual of service, using a centuries-old method. The craftsmen shaped, planished, stamped and engraved each of the three pipettes.
"The unique collaboration between LOUIS XIII, Hermès, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis had to be represented by an exceptional blend, an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from Grande champagne that are as rare as they are precious.", says Baptiste Loiseau of the very special blend he crafted together with former Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet for L'Odyssée d'un Roi.