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Monday, May 20, 2013

Queen of Georgia by Prince Matchabelli c1928

Queen of Georgia by Prince Matchabelli: launched in 1928. Prince Matchabelli created it in honor of the Queen Tamara who ruled Georgia in twelfth century. It is said that her beauty and intelligence were so compelling that her reign marked the beginning of the Georgian Renaissance.

c1929 ad

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like?  It was classified as a sophisticated floral oriental chypre fragrance for women with a touch of incense. I have no published notes on this composition. I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.
  • Top notes: bergamot
  • Middle notes: labdanum, floral notes
  • Base notes: oakmoss, sandalwood, incense, amber, vanilla, musk

Harper's Bazaar, 1932:
"Exquisite Toilet Soaps — Princess Norina, Ave Maria, Duchess of York, Queen of Georgia— 3 cakes $1.50."

Drug & Cosmetic Industry, 1934:
"A vivid red heart shaped box has been chosen by Prince Matchabelli as a very suitable and appropriate Valentine package for his small crown bottles of perfumes. Duchess of York, Ave Maria, Princess Norina, and Queen of Georgia."

Stage, 1935:
"Princess Matchabelli has just brought out a new perfume named in honor of what is probably one of her husband's ancestors — the Queen of Georgia. "

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. It was still being sold in 1937, but I can find no other reference to it being advertised after that date.

Note: Please understand that this website is not affiliated with the Prince Matchabelli company in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the Prince Matchabelli fragrances.  

The goal of this website is to show the present owners of the Prince Matchabelli company how much we miss the discontinued classics such as QUEEN OF GEORGIA and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back the perfume! 

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the perfume, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories), who knows, perhaps someone from the company might see it.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sure Queen of Georgia was dedicated to Queen Tamar (or as people call her in Georgia King Tamar because of her power). You can read about her here:

    Also, Chanel's inspiration for her signature cross design jewelry (mistakenly identified as Maltese) actually was Queen Tamar's cross.

    Chanel: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/30328997469345447/

    Chanel: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/30328997469385090/