01.12Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 01.12

January 29, 2012

Chantilly: Selections from the Château de Chantilly Collection


The foggy history of the Château de Chantilly only clears up after the 10th century AD, where it passed through a succession of owners, including the Grand Constable of Montmorency, whom added to the estate by purchasing lands around it. Louis XIII took particular interest in the estate, spending much time there and it was only until 1643 when Queen Anne of Austria gave the estate back to the Marguerite de Montmorency and her husband the Prince of Condé.


January 28, 2012

Marie Antoinette Quilt

via Kitty Me Designs

Reader @altheapreston was kind enough to point out Pamela Kellogg's designs for a Marie Antoinette themed quilt, or as she names them 'Crazy Quilts'.  Her Marie Antoinette quilt burst with colors, sparkles and vintage themed imagery.


January 18, 2012

For Sale: Madame du Barry's Marble Chimney Piece


On the 27th of January Madame du Barry's chimney piece is going up for auction in New York.  The white marble piece was designed by Claude Nicolas Ledoux and is detailed in gold.  Why is this so exciting? This piece and other 18th century treasures will be on view in New York City this month, but only for a week!


January 11, 2012

18th century Madame as.....Goddesses and Virgins

Nattier, Jean-Marc,  Madame de Caumartin as Hebe. Painting, 1753.National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
18th century women in fancy dress, as goddesses and virgins. Which is your favorite?


January 09, 2012

Exhibition: Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine



If you can manage to pull yourself away from the European paintings and swing a quick left at the top of the main staircase at the Met you will be met with a punchy blue wall, the opening of the Infinite Jest exhibition.