In 1643 a merchant named Claude Trudon arrived in Paris. He soon became the owner of a store on Saint-Honoré Street through a fruitful marriage. In addition to selling spices and other goods, Claude Trudon also made candles and supplied local customers and parishes. The year Louis XIV was crowned King of France, Claude Trudon opened his ﬁrst family business, a small manufacture under his family name and which was about to bring fortune to his heirs. His son Jacques took over, running the store, producing wax and candles and became apothecary and distiller of Queen Marie-Thérèse at Versailles. At the time, wax was under close scrutiny: it was very carefully collected from beehives, then cleansed and whitened through series of water baths. It was later cut in long strips and dried in the open air. It is the sunlight that also contributed to whiten the wax. Because of the extreme purity of the wax, the Trudon candles would provide magniﬁcent glow, especially through their delicate edge.
In 1737 the heir of the family Jérôme Trudon purchased one of the most famous wax producing manufactures of the time: la Manufacture Royale de Cire (the Royal Wax Manufacture). Maison Trudon provided to the royal court of France under Louis XV, as well as to the most prominent churches in Paris and the region. More than a hundred people worked at the time in a set of large buildings. Some of the buildings of the old Manufacture still stand today, in the town of Antony, south of Paris. They are listed as historical monuments. At the time the Trudon family owned the largest and most respected wax manufacture in the kingdom of France. In 1762, a whole section of the Encyclopédie Raisonnée des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers (the French version of the Cyclopaedia) is devoted to l’Art du Cirier (the Craft of candle making). The Manufacture went through the ages by modernizing itself and adapting to its time. In 1889 it was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exposition and obtained other rewards for its know-how and constant innovation in the ﬁeld of candles. Trudon still manufactures churches candles and taper candles and has developed a private label activity over the last decades. Trudon currently supplies some of the most prestigious brands in the world from its workshop in Normandy.