Paris: Life and Luxury

Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a member of the French aristocracy before the revolution? Paris: Life and Luxury, a show at the Getty Museum in LA, takes you there. Integrating painting with the decorative arts, the show guides you through a day in the life of an eighteenth century aristocrat in Paris. “Before the Ball”, by Jean Francois de Troy places you in the room with a comptesse or duchesse, her attendants and friends, as she prepares for an evening’s entertainment. If her evening included playing chemin de fer, she might have used this exquisite gaming box in porcelain, gilt and diamonds by Du Paquier. The exhibition features everything from furniture to fashion to lighting to musical instruments. With a little imagination you can find yourself reveling in the life of the lucky few in the fashion and cultural epicenter of Europe before the guillotine fell.

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  1. You’ve got great insights about chemin d fer, keep up the good work!

    Comment by monte carlo — July 20, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

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