Each book has over 600 illustrations, that include original 18th century designs for everything from moulding profiles, cloche design, decorative art such as urns, interior designs, furniture design, fabric swatches, porcelain, etc... I keep comparing it to home shopping from a catalogue (an 18th century catalogue...)
I have found the books excellent (and very inspiring!) because images are from original sources. You can see and read the handwriting of the artists who jotted down notes in the margins! Everything is very detailed. Check out this image of teacup design from the Sèvres porcelain factory just before the Revolution. (click to enlarge)
The French book includes chapters on
Into the 18th century, the influence of Versailles
Régence and Louis XV, the triumph of Rococo
Transition, Louis XVI and Directoire, the new classicism
Consulate, Empire and Restoration, styles imperial
Second Empire and Fin-de-sićle, revivalism and revolution
Twentieth-century duality, art deco and modernism.
The English book includes:
The 18th century: Classicism and Rococo
Regency and after: revival and eclecticism
Early Victorian: the workshop of the world
High Victorian: after the great exhibition
The late 19th century: into arts and crafts
The 20th century: traditionalism to modernism
I hope everyone's holiday season is going well, and your shopping is all set! I am still working on my list (fathers are always tough!) but I have a few days to finish up!
Here is another edition of 18th century inspired gifts for the holiday season. Our theme is perfume!
This one is recommended by reader Bittersweet, Black Jade perfume which is a modern recreation of Marie Antoinette's favourite (and last) fragrance she wore before the revolution claimed her life. The historic perfume house Lubin created the fragrance for the Queen, and the original ingridients for the fragrance were kept in the perfumers books.
If you have taken my advice, you may have read the recent book that recently came out: A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer. The perfumer Jean-Louis Fargeon worked with Marie Antoinette on creating several fragrances and this one, originally Bouquet de la Reine, is now recreated with a modern spin for us!
The name of the fragrance is Black Jade. The name came from the black vial which it was kept in (worn as a necklace).
Buy your own bottle Black Jade here.
If you are looking for authentic 18th century fragrances, look no further than DSH Perfumes, who created the Perfumed Court Collection. This was a limited edition collection created based on in depth research on Marie Antoinette and the courts of Louis XV and XVI. You can still pick up three of the best fragrances, including Eau de Trianon, Eau de Coquette and Aqua Admirabilis (aka Eau de Cologne). Check out my interview with Dawn, the creator of this collection here!
Purchase the fragrances here.
If you are searching for an 18th century fragrance for that special guy... you may want to check out Pimpernel, offered by Pimpernel clothing. Made and inspired by the “oldest perfume house in France… a supplier of fragrance to King Louis XV and his court at Versailles” this eau de toilette is:
“perfect for a nocturnal visit to a lady in waiting at le Petit Trianon, and reminiscent of those lazy Summer afternoons sipping champagne on the lawn while evading hawk-eyed chaperones.”
Thanks to my lovely reader Alison, I would like to share the Versailles candle as today's 18th century inspired gift! Perfect for the holidays (I always seem to have more candles going this time of year- I like the cozy effect...)
So Alison has found this beautifully designed candle, named Versailles. "Famous for its ornately decorated rooms and manicured gardens, Versailles captures perfumes of Freesia, Gardenia, Musk and Amber. Treat your palace to a touch of royalty with this scent fit for a Queen."
Well there you have it. The fragrance includes Violet, Freesia, Gardenia, China Musk, Italian Orris, and Amber.I love the mercury glass look of the jar! Find a store that carries it here: Glasshouse
Another gift I have come across (this time thanks to Abby from Nooks, Towers & Turrets) is the Ladies in Waiting plate set. I love the quickly drawn pen and ink style of these black and white plates.
There are four different designs, each lady wearing a different style gown and with different poufs too! They are available at Anthropologie. Right now, online Ship is available, not sure if the others have sold out online or if they are temporarily out of stock!
If you see any other awesome items that are perfect for gift giving, please pass them on!
I will be away from the blog for a little bit because I am moving! Yay, very exciting! But also a lot of work and stress, so for the next few days as I get settled (this has been a long process) I will not be posting. But you can find me on twitter!