A Versailles update

Savonnerie carpet Royal Chapel

The restoration of the Palace is an ongoing project, and the Art Tribune (a highly recommended read, listed in my blogroll) informs us of the acquisition for over 3 million dollars of a Savonnerie carpet (left) ordered by Louis XV for the Royal Chapel. From the same source, an article on the restoration of the Garde-Robe de Louis XVI. Sorry, the link is not available in English, but please take a look at the photographs. The room consists in a small office and a privy (the meaning at the time of the word garde-robe.) The decoration reflects Louis XVI’s keen interest for the sciences and the navy. Didier Rykner speaks highly of the work done there, and he doesn’t mince his words when it comes to dubious “reconstitutions” like the (very) new Royal Gates.

Also of interest at Versailles a current exhibition (until April 23) on The Splendour of the Court of Saxony: Dresden at Versailles, which I have not seen. For more information and a few pictures see here. And let’s not forget the upcoming Court Costume in Europe 1650-1800″ from March 31 to June 28. No press release on that one yet, but this sounds very promising.

And for an update on this update see here.

Photograph: Sotheby’s

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