18 January 2010

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - the Salon Louis XVI

We're back inside the Villa today to see a detail of the walls in the Salon Louis XVI which is decorated with painted wood paneling of the XVIIIth century, originally from the Hôtel Crillon in Paris. The ceiling is painted by Tiepolo and the room is used to display Louis XVI chairs covered with Aubusson tapestries illustrating the Fables of La Fontaine.

The Villa has been owned, since 1991, by the Académie des Beaux Arts of the Insititute de France. It is under the management of Culturespaces, which has overseen its development with the support of the Académie des Beaux Arts, the Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes, the Association des Amis de la Villa and a number of patrons. The Louis XVI Room has only recently been completely restored and you can read and see photos of the restoration HERE.

There are many more photos to show you of this stunning villa and gardens but tomorrow we take a short break - a few days in Monaco to show you something else. We'll be back here tho soon.


Kate said...

There is a delicacy about the method of painting. Anyone know if there is a particularly style associated with painting like this?

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Sorry that I can't help you with a name for the style of painting for this scene. Perhaps "Frilly French" will do.

I will look forward to the return to the Villa.

Chuck Pefley said...

I'm guessing this is only one of many painted panels. Amazing decorations!

Nathalie said...

Gorgeous detail Jilly, how nice of you to show us these!

Kate - styles in France are usually referred to by their century or the reign of the king they were made under : 18th century or "Louis XV" would probably be enough for anyone in the know to conjure up images of that style

Gunn said...

I like it. Very feminine and soft colors.

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