Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Passion for Porcelain

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The Louis XV Fontainebleau China Collection - Tatiana's Tea Room SL.

Sevres Porcelain traces its roots in France to early craftsmen who had small manufacturing operations in such places as Lille, Rouen. St. Cloud, and most notably Chantilly. It is from Chantilly that a cadre of workers migrated to the Chateau de Vincennes near Paris to form a larger porcelain manufactory in 1738. French King Louis XV, perhaps inspired by his rumored relationship with mistress Madame de Pompadour, took an intense interest in porcelain and moved the operation in 1756 to even larger quarters in the Paris suburb of Sevres. Sevres was also conveniently near the home of Madame de Pompadour and the King's own Palace at Versailles.

Ultimately, the Sevres Procelain Factory produced items under the name of "Royal" and thus the well-known Sevres Mark was born. King Louis XV even mandated laws that severely restricted other porcelain production in France so as to retain a near monopoly for his Sevres Porcelain. The king even willingly became chief salesman for the finest of his products, hosting an annual New Year's Day showing for French nobility in his private quarters at Versailles. He eagerly circulated among potential buyers, pitching the merits of ownership and policing the occasional light-fingered guest.
From Antique China Porcelain & Collectibles: Sevres Porcelain History

It seems that I am in good company with my "passion for porcelain" since I can include amongst our numbers Louis XV and the lovely Madame de Pompadour. Who would have thought that the King would have been a pitchman for the "finest of his products"!

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I had a wonderful time making this SL collection with the delicate rose & gold patterns created by Jean Charles Sioux in 1756 for Sèvres knowing that the RL collection was first used by Louis XV & Madame Pompadour and later by Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette during their stays at Fontainebleau.

The Tea Set includes: tea pot, sugar bowl, creamer, 2 cups w saucers, linen napkin & 3 gold spoons on a gold scalloped serving tray.

It is scripted so that you can select from hot tea (steaming cups), cool tea or empty cups. It also dispenses an animated tea cup that allows you to sip your tea.

The 5 piece place setting, China I, includes: Gold Charger, Large Plate, Small Plate & Soup Bowl w Plate.
You can select from steaming or cool tomato soup, potato soup, pea soup or an empty bowl.

The 6 piece serving set, China II, includes: 4 Large Plates, Oval Dish & Covered Bowl. Look for the 1 & 2 tier cake stands, the plate of Petit Fours that dispenses animated cakes for you to eat and the coordinated Gueridon to display your individual pieces.

The Louis XV Fontainebleau China Collection is sold as individual pieces & in sets at my main store. The sets can also be found on the SL Marketplace: Tea Set, China I, a 5 piece place setting, China I, a 6 piece serving set.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Queen's Library SL

The Queen's Library

Marie Antoinette's Salon Doré inspired me to create the Queen's Library Collection in SecondLife.
There are 3 bookcases (1 large, 2 small) panelled with details from Marie Antoinette's lovely Salon Doré in Versailles. These bookcases (1 prim each) line up seamlessly and are also a lot of fun to modify and arrange making many different combinations in a room.

Queen's Library Writing Desk

No library would be complete without a place to write your correspondence. The Queen's Library-Writing Desk (8 prims) features a small animated drawer while the Queen's Library Desk Chair (8 prims) contains 1 writing and 2 relaxing poses. There is also a Quill & Ink stand that dispenses a quill to "wear" while you are writing.

Queen's Library Stool

The set is rounded out by the Queen's Library Stool (6 prims) covered in the same Madame DuBarry's pink rose fabric as the writing chair. There are 3 poses in this stool as well.

You can find these pieces at my main store or on the SL Marketplace: Large Bookcase, Small Bookcase Right, Small Bookcase Left, Writing Desk, Desk Chair, Stool

Friday, August 7, 2009

Versailles: Marie Antoinette's Private Apartments

Marie Antoinette's Salon Doré one of the four main rooms of her "Petits Appartements" in Versailles.
These small rooms with their concealed doors escaped the surveillance of spies and favoured love affairs and intrigues. To step through the looking-glass, just as Marie Antoinette used to do, is an extraordinary experience. The four main rooms, the Méridienne, the two libraries, the Salon Doré, their boudoirs and their bathrooms provide a perfect image of eighteenth-century France as we imagine it today.
from Private Realm of Marie-Antoinette by Marie-France Boyer & François Halard

Is it any wonder that I have always taken such inspiration from this wonderful suite of rooms designed and created by the finest craftsmen!

Richard Mique the premier architecte to Louis XVI and a favourite of the queen's was given the task of transforming these rooms for her use while the Rousseau brothers, Jules Antoine and Jean Siméon, did the decorative work on the panelling.

The Salon Doré was both the most grand and the most public room in the suite; Neoclassic in style with "Pompeian" motifs and playful cherubs.


The Méridienne, its daybed tucked into a mirrored alcove, was a place for rest and relaxation. Given to Marie Antoinette by Louis XVI in 1782 to celebrate the birth of the Dauphin, this lovely retreat followed the delicate Rococo style.

Green Library

The green library, with its high ceiling was quite simple in comparison.

Blue Library

In this photo you can see the wonderful "tompe l'oeil" books on the door of the blue library. I'm always amused by the fact that Marie Antoinette also used "faux books" on the shelves to make her libraries more beautiful.


Versailles: Marie Antoinette's Private Apartments by on 2009-08-07
These small rooms with their concealed doors escaped the surveillance of spies and favoured love affairs and intrigues.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Duché de Coeur: Portraits

SkyeRyder Varriale, Duchesse de Coeur

Master Artist, Monsieur Trasgo Beaumont hosts the duchy portrait contest!
Journey back in time to the Ville d'Aquitaine where you can wander the streets and view the incredible range of portraits that have been submitted. Vote for your favourite entries.

Prizes were awarded Saturday August 8, 11am SLT.
Grand Prize: Lavender Lady by Aeon Auer
Popular vote: Making plans by Aeon Auer
Master's Pick: Fair Winds and Following Seas by Seamus Gabardini
Duchesses' Pick: Maria by Dawn by MariaLouisa Muircastle