Friday, 15 November 2013

Dragon, aiguière et grue

This, above, is a lead 1673-1674 polychrome dragon by Pierre Mazeline. Fables characters like this one adorned the fountains of the maze at the palace.The last shot shows a 1603-1604 ewer by Francesco Bordoni and a crane by Pierre Mazeline, two more elements that were salvaged from the maze after its destruction in 1775.

Ci-dessus, un dragon en plomb polychromé de Pierre Mazeline (1673-1674), l'un des survivants des personnages des fables qui ornaient les fontaines du labyrinthe dans les jardins du château. La dernière photo montre l'aiguière de 1603-1604 de Francesco Bordoni et une partie de la grue de Pierre Mazeline, deux autres éléments rescapés du labyrinthe détruit en 1775.

20 comments:

William Kendall said...

A distinctive dragon!

And beautiful shots, particularly that third one.

Barbara Farr said...

Cool, but it looks like a fish to me. Go figure!

Bob Crowe said...

The dragon is bizarre to a modern eye. It needs some time at the gym.

Randy said...

Interesting art pieces.

Olivier said...

cri du dragon a la lune.
Le labyrinthe devait etre impressionnant avec toutes ces statues

Dave said...

As you know.....we have real ones in Wales!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very different dragon!This exhibition is wonderful, glad that you enjoy it and thanks for sharing these lovely pictures ( the second one is my favorite composition today).
bisous
Léia

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

We returned from Ethiopia last week and while there we saw dragons in many paintings and other decorative motifs, but always under St.George and in the process of being slayed.

JM said...

Love the dragon!

llandudnopictures said...

Good that these pieces were rescued and put on display!

Bergson said...

il a du inspiré Mézières comme animal de bat dans les Valérian

Tanya Breese said...

impressive!!

EG CameraGirl said...

How cool that so much has been salvaged from the maze, a glimpse of what life at the palace was like in the 17th century.

Stuart said...

What beautiful embellishments. It's great these were not lost over the years.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I'm glad they salvaged this, it would have been a tragic loss.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

As I will most likely never get to Europe, I am very much enjoying your palace series.

~Lindy

VP said...

Love the dragon and its unusual pose. I am sorry to admit that I knew nothing of Francesco Bordoni until today...

Loree said...

That dragon looks nasty.

Jack said...

The dragon shot is excellent. It has kept that bright red for a long, long time.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Every new post you do about the maze sends my imagination off into a fantasy once more Ciel..especially when I read it at almost midnight Perth time :)