Monday, 4 January 2010

Le trianon de porcelaine

I'm not showing you a photograph today. A couple of months ago, I was telling you that the Grand Trianon had been built for king Louis the 14th where a porcelain palace had stood before. This is it... It was built between 1670 and 1672 by architect Louis Le Vau for Madame de Montespan, mistress of the sun king with porcelain coming from Rouen, Lisieux, Nevers and Saint-Cloud. I believe Sharon of Photographing an Island wanted to see this, so here it is!
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Pas de photo aujourd'hui mais un regard sur le lointain passé. Il y a quelques temps, je vous expliquais que le Grand Trianon avait été érigé pour Louis XIV là où s'élevait auparavant "le trianon de porcelaine" que voici. Il a été construit de 1670 à 1672 par Louis Le Vau pour Madame de Montespan, favorite du roi soleil, avec des porcelaines de Rouen, Lisieux, Nevers et Saint-Cloud.

18 comments:

Lee Spangler said...

amazing craft and worth seeing. It is amazing how talented some people are. I love to see such talent although being an artist is such a tough road.

tapirgal said...

Are you kidding? I can't believe I've never heard of this. It's amazing. I've seen the traditional porcelain heaters in some European countries, and that's about as much porcelain as I've ever seen in one place. I find them fascinating, so I really love this porcelain palace!

Bob Crowe said...

Porcelain makes me think of dolls and delicate little figurines. But a whole building? Maybe it's part on the attitude that, two kings later, meant that the peasants had no bread.

Sharon said...

Simply beautiful!

Rebecca said...

Wow, so ornate!

Olivier said...

superbe dessin, on aurait pu croire voir une photo en mode HDR.

Small City Scenes said...

So beautiful. It looks like a very fanciful doll house. MB

VP said...

Instead of the photography, compliment for the choice, a curious and amazing works...

brattcat said...

It's stunning!

Jacob said...

That's absolutely amazing! And it was real? Unbelievable. Built on the backs of the people, right?

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying your time in Quimper!

So, when are you coming to Florida? We could meet you at the Orlando airport...

Have a great week, my friend!

Halcyon said...

I wish someone would build me a summer home! :)

Sharon Van Lieu said...

Oh, this is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for posting this, Ciel. Wonderful!!!

BaysideLife said...

Stunning choice of building materials. So pretty and feminine. I'd not heard of this before, so thanks for the education.

Paulie said...

Simply beautiful! Such detail!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely stunning!

Cergie said...

Ah oui! La fève en porcelaine Pour une galette énorme!

Cezar and Léia said...

What a beautiful illustration!
God bless you!
Cezar

Louis la Vache said...

Le Vau must have been the most influential architect of his time.
Very interesting!

laughingsalmon said...

To bad it couldn't have been moved somewhere on the huge Versailles property...