December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Taking a break from the blog this week to celebrate the new year and, of course, my birthday! I trust there are many, many parties to go to tonight? Is anyone throwing their own?

Happy new year everyone and good luck with your resolutions and whatever else you have planned for 2013! See you soon!

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

The above picture was taken when I visited Chatsworth with Heather, and it was all decorated for the holiday season. They set up a Christmas table setting in the dining room and it was the most elegant thing...so be inspired! Click the image to see a larger view.  I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and a very happy new year!

December 20, 2012

As "Libertine with his brush as he in his morals"

Baudouin, Pierre-Antoine, Modele Honnete (The Honest Model). 1769, gouache. National Gallery of Art, DC.
If you like the work of Fragonard, but perfer a little more spice, you will probably like that of Pierre-Antoine Baudoüin.  Baudoüin studied under the François Boucher, and ended up marrying the artist's daughter.

Skill-wise, Baudoüin was very talented and worked mostly in gauche.  His subjects were saucy boudoir scenes, and everyone wanted them! Like Fragonard, who made what sells,  Baudoüin's work was popular with the aristocrats and the non-aristos.

His piece titled "The Honest Model" caused quite a controversy when it was exhibited in 1769. The  reception of this work is discussed in  The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard. It was exhibited with a frame that was inscribed with "What does not poverty compel one to do" a very suggestive message that stirred viewers! Some critics attacked not only the subject of his work (and lack of moral instruction) but also his own behavior, which was apparently, very libertine /fans self

December 18, 2012

Mother Knows Best: Joseph's visit

"In a month you will see the Emperor, an interesting epoch for you. You know his kind heart and also his sagacity [wisdom]; from the former you have everything to expect; from the latter everything to gain. I hope that you will confide in him frankly… I hope that he will commend himself to the King; and when the first embarrassment is past, that they will be friends."

Maria Theresa, 2 Janurary1777

Also....just for fun....
This is a rather humorous interpretation of Joseph's visit to France!
L'histoire racontée par des chaussettes - Louis XVI

December 13, 2012

Two Women in an Elegant Interior, 1771

Pierre Alexandre Wille, Two Women in an Elegant Interior: a Singer Accompanied by a Lutenist. 1771, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown and gray wash, yellow and pink watercolor, over traces of black chalk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

December 11, 2012

The story of Marie Antoinette, in Legos [video]

Just stumbled on a history project that tells the story of Marie Antoinette in 3 minutes, all in Legos. Cute!

December 09, 2012

Holiday Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations, the winner of the holiday giveaway is commenter #15:

Please contact me with your mailing address at marieantoinettegossip [at] gmail.com! 

Thank you all who entered, I loved reading all the great gossip you had to share!

December 06, 2012

18th century inspired: holiday gifts

I try to post one of these each year, (a just for fun gift guide post!) when I see something out there that reminds me of the 18th century, I make a note. So here are some things for the home!

 Cockerels, Saint-Cloud. 1740, soft-paste porcelain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art..
I actually recieved a similar ceramic chicken recently, but the chicken didn't sit on the 'nest' / base properly.  I had to return it at the store (naturally, that was a whole production, involving me being sent back and forth throughout the store while carrying my defected chicken around). Finally the shop ordered a new one to be sent to me.  When my second chicken arrived, it was smashed into pieces! I had to being the whole process over. The shop ordered another chicken for me.  The third chicken arrived in several pieces too! I gave up on the chicken. 

Now I have found this rooster bowl made by Lenox, so the quality should be apparent (unlike my sad chicken).  Maybe I should have went with this little guy instead!
Lenox, Butler's Pantry 2-piece Rooster Bowl Set by Lenox.

Jug, Cream, French. ca. 1750, soft-paste porcelain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Climbing Primrose creamer sits in spirit of the 1750 cream jug, exept that it is microwave and dishwasher safe! It is part of the primrose tea set, other pieces in the set include a teapot, and sugar bowl (the sugar bowl is so cute!) 
Climbing Primrose Creamer

Pitcher, West Midlands, England. 1750-60, stoneware. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I know we can't see any color in the image of the English pitcher, but the design on it immediately reminded me of Peony server-ware set designed by Molly Hatch currently at Anthropologie. And I think the Chantilly pitcher would agree!

Peony server-ware by Molly Hatch.

 Pitcher, Chantilly. ca. 1730-35, Tin-glazed soft-paste porcelain. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Chantilly Pitcher also inspires one to think of the Amazon Dreams Pitcher. Pretty colors and organic design.

Amazon Dreams Pitcher

and finally.....

Joke Wineglass, French. First half 18th century, Glass. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ok, I LOVE this. Yes, a joke wineglass. I had to post it because, well it is just funny. I am trying to imagine who sat there, in the 18th century, giving their guests this glass....

Of course I couldn't find an exact joke wineglass but this oil and vinegar set is pretty cool and still classy- by Dutch designer Jansen + Co.!

Oil and vinegar by Jansen + Co.
If you have seen any other 'inspired' gift ideas, please share them here!

December 04, 2012

An ode to Marie Antoinette

I came across this Christmas tree that is called "An Ode to Marie Antoinette".  The tree is one featured at The Fall River Historical Society in Massachusetts, and can be seen covered in beads, feathers, satin ribbons and pearly ornaments.

Have you seen any 18th century inspired trees or decorations in general? Share them here! (poll below)

What do you think of the "Ode to Marie Antoinette" tree?