Louis XIV

David McAllister’s Sleeping Beauty – The Australian Ballet

David McAllister’s Sleeping Beauty – The Australian Ballet

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David McAllister the Australian Ballet’s artistic director presents Russian choreographer Marius Petipa’s landmark fairy tale in three acts, The Sleeping Beauty

Anton Venoir Interiors – French Antiques for Fabulous Decor

Anton Venoir Interiors – French Antiques for Fabulous Decor

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For the collector, interior designer and architect looking for investment or significant pieces for contemporary interiors, French antiques do deserve attention

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Apollo – The God Mortal Beauty Chased in Heaven and on Earth

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Apollo was one of the favoured of the twelve Olympian Gods, about light and truth and meant to inspire us daily to be the very best we can all endeavour to be

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The Mirror – Mastering Reflection or Eye Catching Deception

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Described as the ‘matrix of the symbolic’ the Mirror has accompanied the human quest to know and understand our own identity… who is the fairest of them all?

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Chinoiserie – Pavilions, Porcelains and Passionate Pursuits

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By the 18th century in Europe and England all things Chinese assumed incredible proportions as fashionable society sought to transmit their ideas about the magical land of Cathay

Bulgari Art Award – The New Round Room by Michael Zavros

Bulgari Art Award – The New Round Room by Michael Zavros

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Dr Michael Brand, director of the Art Gallery of NSW, has unveiled one of Australia’s significant young realist painters Michael Zavros’ new work, The Round Room. which has entered the Gallery’s collection having won the inaugural Bulgari Art Award. Julie Ann Morrison, managing director, Bulgari Australia, said: ‘It is Bulgari’s…

Muquets – Men of Good Birth

Muquets – Men of Good Birth

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Under Louis XIII (1601-1643) in France economic progress grew and it became harder to distinguish a person’s rank. The different ranks in society were equally well dressed and everyone aspired to carrying a sword.  A contemporary observed that Parisians no longer seemed able to live without ribbons or laces or,…

Flower Decor & Louis XIV

Flower Decor & Louis XIV

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French Chef Francois Massialot was Cuisinier Royal at the court of Louis XIV (1638 – 1715). He set a standard for dining throughout Europe from 1698 when he used flowers to decorate the dessert remove following a great dinner. Other descriptions of flowers decorating the dessert at Versailles include one…

Louis XIV of France

Louis XIV of France

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Louis XIV (1838 – 1715) was known for being dignified, gracious, exquisitely polite and never blamed his generals for a defeat. His reign 1661 – 1715 was of incomparable brilliance. French art and literature flourished and artisans, included the celebrated playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliére (1622-1673), dramatists Pierre Corneille (1606-84)…

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le bon jardinier

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The scale and magnificence of French garden design during the reign of Louis XIV (1638 – 1715) was represented by his chateau at Versailles becoming the model for Europe, if not the whole world at that time in all the arts. The gardens at Versailles with their parterres, pools, sculptures…