Video clip of Marie Antoinette and the passion of decors.
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Marie-Antoinette et la passion des décors

Uploaded on 20 Apr 2009 by chateauversailles

‪Marie-Antoinette et la passion des décors


Ironic, caustic, facetious, Marie-Antoinette will better her style all along her reign. The rivality between her and her husband will also take place in the world of art. In her young age, she shows an interest in indoor furnitures. She surrounds herself with objects of unbelievable luxury, made by the greatest creators of the time. Philippe Stark, the prince of french designers, sees the beauty in a mother-of-pearl drawer or a porcelain vase as a protective cocoon around the queen.


0:29 : “I simply think there is in Marie Antoinette this scenario : a person comes from a foreign land, and feels lost. Someone who’s lost has an interesting take on things : she’s in a discovering mood. She makes things out of loneliness, of surprise, of feeling far from her roots, so she has to create new roots.” Versailles or Trianon, Fontainebleau or Rambouillet, in each castle the queen plays with upsetting the scenery, recreating to her taste furniture and appartments.


1:08 : She has no reverence for Louis XIV art, so she would have liked to destroy all the indoor of Versailles. The state finances don’t allow for that. But she remains the only queen to have marked the castle with her own personal taste. “In the end, Versailles is the castle you can the least adaptate. It’s the one she can the least change, because it’s where the court and the royal family officially have their life.”


1:31 : “It’s especially the castle where, in what we call the little cabinets, she had her private life besides her official appartments. Finally, she will completely redecorate these tiny rooms, with a lot of luxury. There she will show her collections : precious objects, stones, wood and mother-of-pearl… These are very feminine and private rooms.” In her intimate kingdom which is the Little Trianon, the queen expresses her love for nature on furniture, wood and fabric.

「宮殿には、公の大居室(Grand Appartement)の他に、Petites Cabinetと呼ばれる小さめの部屋があり、そこで私的な時間を過ごしました。アントワネットは、ようやく、この小部屋を贅沢に全改修し、自分のコレクションで装飾することができました。高価な品々、宝石、木製品、マザーオブパール、等々で飾りました。とても女性らしく私的な部屋でした。」アントワネットの隠れ家のような王国、プチトリアノンでは、自然への憧憬を家具やボワズリー(羽目の木彫細工品)、ファブリックに反映した。

1:59 : “We know she liked flowers a lot, like her family, her father in Vienna. Flowers were everywhere, embroidered on curtains, sculpted in golden bronze and on chairs… There is a permanent blooming in these appartments.” In her country house, the queen oversees everything. She monitors the scale models, the designs, the materials and patterns. A color is created for her : “Trianon blue”. Trianon is the peak of splendor. She owns a farm and a hamlet, but there’s a limit to her rustic fad.


2:38 : “Don’t imagine the Little Trianon simplistic regarding the furniture. It would be an error. Imagine extremely rich furniture. It was a false country, in a sense.” In this private residence, she doesn’t buy her furniture to the state’s official creators. She prefers working with artists she chose, the best of the time. Carpet makers, embroiders, cabinet makers, who work for the queen at a speed unseen, and make for her some of the finest pieces of the century.


3:08 : Look at this chair, from the Rambouillet dairy, made by Jacob. A mahogany work of art recently restaured by specialists working in Versailles. “They wanted to build for her, they wanted to innovate for her. Her influence made drawing, sculpting, wood working, improve to manage to surprise her. Here’s the result. A wooden chair in mahogany influenced by a “return to antiquity”, with a light Marie-Antoinette touch.”


3:45 : “It really was an extraordinary meeting between her, a personality who made unbelievable orders, and these artists who were the best in Europe, and in the world, because this time was described as the one when french art was the reference.”