Dana Perfumes Paris

This ad from 1948 was created by prodigious illustrator Jean Facon-Marrec for the notorious ‘Tabu’ perfume by Dana. Appropriate to its name—which implies an illicit seduction—Tabu is referred to here as ‘Le parfum “défendu”‘: the ‘forbidden’ fragrance. Tabu was in fact the first fragrance by Dana, created by Jean Carles in 1932 after he was asked to make a fragrance that would suit a prostitute. The bold, black outlines used in this monochromatic artwork emphasise the lascivious character that the fragrance held in the eyes of its users.




This original print was published in a periodical from 1948.

We do not sell reproductions. Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.

This original print was published in a periodical from 1948.

Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.





Jean Facon-Marrec


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24.5 × 31.5cm | 9"44 x 12"2

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Frame Specifications

Size: 32.7 × 42.7cm or 12.87″ x 16.81″

Frame material: anodised aluminium

Color: black

Glass: “float”

At VAA we deploy modern technology to preserve these antique illustrations. The uniquely hard-wearing frames we use are designed in Switzerland; their durability results from the process of anodising. Anodising is a surface treatment which protects and decorates aluminium using an anodic oxidation process. As a result of this, these frames are especially resistant to corrosion and heat, protecting this vintage art from wear and tear.
We frame each illustration ourselves in our workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland. The float glass we use is crystal clear with a very flat surface and carefully polished edges. The frames are 32.7 × 42.7cm (12.87″ x 16.81″). The result? We present you with a period illustration- a genuine antique- enclosed by a frame of the highest quality. In this way, we like to think we’re bringing modern technology and antique artistry together.


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