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Ghostly image of Marie Antoinette’s private chambers…

“The Cabinet de la Meridienne, a small octagonal room decorated

in 1782 to celebrate the birth of the Dauphin. This is one of the rooms

at Versaille where we can most readily imagine Marie Antoinette’s life,

and understand her style. The subtle interplay of mirrors creates the

sense of intimate privacy actively sought by the queen…”

Marie Antoinette Style

Adrien Goetz

Marie Antoinette’s Jewels…

A bracelet of cameos and rubies…

“The archives of the house of Mellerio perserved the written trace

of the purchase of this bracelet for the queen. Marie Antoinette

loved jewels. But she managed to resist the costliest temptations,

such as the famous “queen’s necklace” which she refused

to buy…”

Click below for clips from the movie…

The Affair of the Necklace

The ” Queen’s Necklace” engraving

c. 1785

Musee du Chateau de Versailles

Reconstruction of the so called “Queen’s Necklace”…

acquired by Chateau Versailles in 1963

Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Ruddy leather shoes with silk ruches…

c. 1785-95 Netherlands

RIJKS Museum

Amsterdam…

A great museum source for antique accessories…

sorted by time, type, color…

Late 18th c French silver MET

Silver and paste earrings…

paste, cut glass, was often used as a substitute for diamonds…

late 18th century

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Studious recreation…

Jean Paul Gaultier

c. 1994

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Imagining the chandeliers being lowered from their great height

so that formally frocked footman can light their thousand tapers

to fill the cavernous ball room with candlelight…

“A Masked Ball held for the King and Queen by the city

of Paris on 23 Jan 1782 to mark the Dauphin’s birth”

Marie Antointette Style

Shades of gray, crystal drops, antique prints and script,

Ruffled, embroidered and buttoned Court frocks…

Timeless hand hewn stone and curled iron banisters…

Something to build a room around…

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