Monday, June 4, 2012

Versailles: Transported

Hall of Mirrors' Ceiling

Just as my glow from Chanel's "Versailles" Collection (see Chanel in Versailles: Seriously Frivolous ) was fading, along came some equally delightful Versailles related news!

The SNCF, France's national state-owned railway company, has just unveiled the first of their commuter trains decorated with iconic scenes from the Château de Versailles including; the Hall of Mirrors, Louis XVI's Library, Marie Antoinette's Chamber in the Petit Trianon and the Belvedere from her English Garden.

Hall of Mirrors

Graffiti-resistant, laminated panels were used to transfer the images which are slated for a number of trains on the The RER C line traveling between Paris and Versailles.  This means that tourists get a preview of Versailles before they even arrive while locals can enjoy these works of art on their daily commutes.

Louis XVI's Library

Louis XVI's Library

I was tickled to see Louis XVI's Library which was my inspiration for The Queen's Library SL.  You will notice that the books are the same.

Cotelle Gallery Ceiling

These cherubs have also make a frequent appearance on my SL ceilings including that of The Queen's House

The Belvedere

Installing The Belvedere

And then there are details from the Belvedere, that beautiful octagonal structure celebrating the seasons that was created by Richard Mique for Marie Anotinette's English Garden in the Petit Trianon.  And last, but certainly not least ...

Marie Antoinette's Chamber - Petit Trianon

From the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's Chamber.  Yes, for me it's just about as close to heaven as a commuter train can possibly get.  I imagine myself riding these trains over & over again so that I can thoroughly enjoy all six of their decorated cars.  Fortunately, these fabulous interiors will remain in place for the next two years so I might just get that chance!