Marie Antoinette and her Two Children by Pierre Alexandre Wille
September 20, 2009
Hidden Gems: Courone d'or
In the darker hallways of the Metropolitan Museum you might find some surprises. Once you enter the lovely French rooms found in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts section you might just stumble on a few gems or two.
One hallway in particular, you could walk through and almost not notice the 18th century shopfront you walk by. Displaying fancy silver and gilt table-wears in large front windows, with ruched, heavy draping falling from behind, and lit merely by candle glow is a spectacular shop front. The shop was the Courone d'or (Crown of Gold) and was located on the Quai Bourbon. I wish my sad little phone could have taken an image but it was so dark nothing came out!
In my mini sweep through the museum (I do not encourage mini-sweeps through the museum) I recall reading that the old wooden shop front had been built over by more modern stone shop front. (This image of the shop is also displayed) There is a bit of info at the Met, but I have yet to find much more. Any tips are appreciated. I stayed until the guard shooed me away. :o)
I also wonder what the 2 doors were used for! (aside from front door of course!) If you happen into the met and have not already discovered it, check it out. They also have authentic 18th century hardware from a large shop sign. It looks much like that of the shop Madame du Barry once worked at. I will look for an image!