OWPC: Mirror

Louvre Reflection

The Louvre, Paris, France

Reflection of the neo-baroque Richelieu Wing, a mid-19th century extension to the Louvre, in the mirrored surface of the pools surrounding the 20th century I.M. Pei pyramid.

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Lumière Dorée

The Louvre, Glowing, Paris, France

WPC: Glow

A Photo A Week: Under Glass

Objet D’Art

17th-century Decorative Arts, Ewer, The Louvre, Paris, France

Most of the vases now in the Louvre came from the former French royal collection. This hardstone ewer, produced by 17th-century Parisian goldsmith Pierre Delabarre c. 1630-35, is made from a damaged antique carved sard vase.  Sard is a  brownish-red type of chalcedony. Missing parts are concealed by the enameled gold mount studded with semi-precious stones.  The lid is surmounted by a helmeted head of Minerva.


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Color Your World 2017: Mauvelous

Mauvelous Maidens

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K’lee & Dales’ Cosmic Photo Challenge: Sparkle

Sparkle Plenty

Sapphire set of Queen Marie Amélie bought back by the Louvre in 1985.

Sapphire parure that belonged to Marie Amélie of Naples and Sicily (Maria Amalia Teresa; 26 April 1782 – 24 March 1866) who became Queen of the French while married to Louis Philippe I, King of the French.

The word “parure” originally referred to a set of three or more matching pieces of jewelry, but was later widened to include a suite of matching jewelry. Parures were most popular from around 1760 to 1830, particularly during the Napoleonic era. Queen Marie Amelie’s parure was designed and executed after Louis Philippe ascended the throne of France. The parure is a combination of sapphires, diamonds and pearls. The parure remained  in the hands of  Marie Amélie’s descendents until it was acquired by the Louvre in 1985, where it is on display in the Apollo gallery with other items from the French crown jewels.

There are many similarities between the parure above and that worn in a painting of Queen Marie Amélie by French painter Louis Hersent.

Portrait of Marie Amelia, Queen of France

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Color Your World 2017: Outer Space

Floating in Outer Space

Floating in Outer Space, jeweled box, Louvre, Paris, France

Floating in Outer Space, jeweled snuff box, Louvre, Paris, France

From the Internet:  “Frederick II’s snuff-box with appliqué fruit and flowers,  chased gold – agate lined with pink silk – jasper – carnelian – nephryt – amethyst – diamonds – glass cabochon.  Frederick II (1712-1786) was a fanatical lover of diamond studded snuff-boxes, whose creation he supervised personally. This extraordinary example recalls the king’s passion for fruits, particularly cherries, whose colours are conveyed by the range of hardstones. “  Frederick II was King of Prussia from 1740 until 1786, the longest reign of any Hohenzollern king.

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