12.12Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: 12.12

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!

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

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

Christmas decorations in the Chatsworth House Library
Christmas decorations at Chatsworth House Library. Photo by Matthew Bullen.  BBC.

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!

December 04, 2012

An ode to Marie Antoinette

Snow on the gardens of versailles
Winter, 2011 at Verailles. Photograph by Ladee.

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.