We had a brief but welcome break the last day we were in France after a lot of long hours working and we were grateful for a quick dash to the Palace of Versailles. The Palace is amazing but trust me ...don't visit on a Saturday afternoon early in July. There is too much to show you it all...but here is a touch of the painty stuff.
First off all every room has it's skirting boards marbled to match the fireplaces...nice touch
|baseboards matching the fireplace below|
|I think this is Breche d'Alep Marble|
There is the most beautiful room that is all painted in the most exquisite trompe l'oil....
|James looking a tad glakit|
|jaw droppingly gorgeous|
|This is my favourite - the shell|
|lots of marbling...most of it stunning like this|
|and beautifully combined...nothing is overworked|
|OK so this is perhaps a little OTT for ...almost too much take in|
I have to say that there is so much of everything you almost become inured to the beauty...after you have seen endless mural paintings it is the cartouche and the actual layout that starts to catch your eye
|my favourite bit of the mural painting was this central design|
There is endless real marble (I will compile an album for my marbling mates) and much as I hate to say this but it does become samey...you start to think that these Palace dwellers got a job lot from their interior designer. So turning a corner and finding this fabulous raised and gilded ornamentation is really refreshing - and like everything else it is of exquisite quality.
There are a few of these marbled ceilings and I LOVE them. They again are not overworked, the layout is simple and the marbling well composed. Any busier and it would look horribly false...and yet panels of Carrara marble would be impossible to put on a ceiling like this so it should FEEL false, but it doesn't.
|I love this marbled ceiling|
This look I saw in a few places, Paris Grey doors with gilded panel bead. It is so Parisian so chic...where oh where can I put it????
|Deliciously gilded doors|