Romance of the 18th century

This is a theme-based blog about the 18th century, with main focus on the swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen, the rumoured lover of queen Marie Antoinette. Side history and period-related art is also featured.

history-of-fashion:

1783 Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun - Marie Antoinette of Austria, Queen of France

history-of-fashion:

1783 Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun - Marie Antoinette of Austria, Queen of France

"Dear God, guide us and protect us. We are too young to reign."

(Source: tooyoungtoreign, via tooyoungtoreign)


King Gustav III of Sweden - Alexander Roslin (1772)

rococo2earlymodern:

Sack back gown

  • Place of origin: London, England (made), China (silk, woven)
  • Date: 1760-1765 (made), 1875-1899 (made)
  • Materials and Techniques: Chinese painted silk, hand-sewn with silk thread, the gown and petticoat trimmed with woven silk net and silk bobbin lace, and two later decorations trimmed with 19th century green silk ribbon
  • "

    Object Type
    This elegant robe and petticoat are fine examples of a woman’s formal daywear in the early 1760s. In cut, fabric and design they were the height of fashion.

    Materials & Making
    The pattern on the silk is hand-painted. The fabric was first sized with alum to make the paint adhere. Next the design was drawn freehand in ink or silverpoint. A variety of pigments were used, including white lead or a chalk ground for the highlights. The robe and petticoat are hand sewn with silk thread and trimmed with gathered strips of the hand-painted silk.

    Time
    The style and design of this ensemble exemplify the Rococo fashion in dress. The pale yellow silk painted in a variety of bright colours reflects the Rococo palette, while the scalloped sleeve cuffs and gathered robings create a decorative surface pattern. The robe is a sack back (a style of gown with the fabric at the back arranged in box pleats at the shoulders and falling loose to the floor with a slight train), and would have been worn with a wide square hoop under the petticoat.

    Places
    The silk was woven and painted in China. The width of the fabric and the use of coloured threads in the selvedge (the cloth edge) differ from European silks. The floral pattern shows the influence of Western design, indicating that it was made expressly for the European market.”

    The V&A Museum

artschoolglasses:

Staircase leading up into the private apartments of Louis XV.

artschoolglasses:

Staircase leading up into the private apartments of Louis XV.

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vivelareine:


[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

vivelareine:

[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

vivelareine:

Madame Mitoire and her children by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. 18th century
[credit: Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Droits réservés]

vivelareine:

Madame Mitoire and her children by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. 18th century

[credit: Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Droits réservés]

~ marie antoinette

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I pray to the sky for forgiveness
For those who suffered
Under the weight of my crown
I was only a mother.

(Source: mamzelleguillotine, via vivelareine)

vivelareine:

A collection of items related to Louis XVI and his family, with a focus on their captivity in the Temple, will be auctioned off in November by Coutau-Bégarie.
The collection was once owned by Viscount Alcide de Beauchesne, who was in the service of Louis XVIII and wrote a book about the life and death of Louis XVII.
Although the cataog for the auction is not yet available, it will include several writing exercises done by Louis Charles and corrected by his father while in the Temple; Madame Royale’s handwritten account of her journey from Paris to Basel; poetry written by Madame Royale in the Temple for Madame Chantereine; as well as numerous other personal effects and letters.

vivelareine:

A collection of items related to Louis XVI and his family, with a focus on their captivity in the Temple, will be auctioned off in November by Coutau-Bégarie.

The collection was once owned by Viscount Alcide de Beauchesne, who was in the service of Louis XVIII and wrote a book about the life and death of Louis XVII.

Although the cataog for the auction is not yet available, it will include several writing exercises done by Louis Charles and corrected by his father while in the Temple; Madame Royale’s handwritten account of her journey from Paris to Basel; poetry written by Madame Royale in the Temple for Madame Chantereine; as well as numerous other personal effects and letters.