Astier de Villatte
Best known for their 18th and 19th-century inspired pottery, Astier de Villatte's team of twenty ceramicists handcraft each piece in a traditional style passed down through generations...
Irreverent, playful, and beautifully crafted, the Antoinette burner is a perfect companion to the Astier de Villatte range of scented incense. Hand molded from black terracotta, each piece is finished in a milky-white glaze that highlights the unique character of the clay, celebrating its imperfections and ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike.
[Images above, Antoinette Incense Burner –– $135]
Opéra Incense by Astier de Villatte captures the splendour of the Palais Garnier. Ballet movements in the Great Hall: entrechats, pas de deux, ronds de jambes upon sumptuous parquet floors, polished with beeswax. Richly upholstered foyers reach to the very roof of the Opera, where thick streams of honey are collected from hives which spread forth giddying notes of Absolute Beeswax, rendered sublime by additions of Sandalwood and Styrax resin.
[Image above, Opéra Incense –– $78]
The Incense Pot is a stunning and functional way to store your Astier de Villatte incense sticks. It can also be used as a vase. These ceramics are handmade in Astier de Villatte’s Parisian workshops, the historical home to Napoleon Bonaparte's own silversmith.
[Images above, Incense Pot in Golden or Platinum –– $229]
Yakushima Incense is a marvellous and delicate earthy aroma inspired by dense and luxuriant vegetation. This scent captures the primeval and mysterious rain forest on the island of Yakushima, full of thousand-year-old cedar trees, covered with rare mosses and wild azaleas.
Thanks to its favourable climate, the best incense in the world comes from Awaji. Just off the coast of Kobe. The Koh-Shis, masters of scent, make incense in line with a thousand year old tradition that is handed down from father to son. They alone master the four production stages. First, the all-natural ingredients are prepared and mixed: exotic woods, plants and herbs, vegetable resin and perfume. Then the paste is kneaded, squeezed and shaped before being left to dry in the west wind for three days before being gathered into bundles.