Friday, June 27, 2014

Plain or SPLENDID ???

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Gout!    Last month, when I was in Paris, as usual I visited one of my favorite museums: Musée Carnavalet .  Possibly in some attempt to be creative, the curators had subtracted various splendid  pieces normally in the period room settings and substituted furniture from the 1990’s .  The flyer accompanying this exhibition, waxed on about “the fluid movement between the past and the present”......”one’s gaze is carried from what was, to what is, and to what could be....”.   Well this erudite experience did not happen for me!!

In the first photo you see a truly splendid 18th c boiserie salon by the cutting edge architect Nicolas Ledoux (B 1736-D 1806), from the grand Parisian town house of none other than the Duc d’Uzes.  The Duc d’Uzes not only had this town house, but also the splendid Duche palace across the street from my home in Uzes, as well as truly sumptuous accommodations at the Chateau de Versailles, with boiserie walls set with large plates of mirror.    I wonder what the 18th c Duc d’Uzes, so accustomed to sumptuosity, would think about this sofa, pillows and screen now in his salon????

Today I sense some sort of “discomfort” with the “fabulous”.   Many seem to be more comfortable with “plain”, “ordinary” and “familiar”.    One strange example of this is if you look around in the first class cabin on an international flight, many occupants of those pricey seats are dressed in “t” shirts , cut offs and flip flops! Well as for me, I think pursuing and enjoying the “fabulous” in this world is the best way to go, be it a grand boiserie salon or a splendid sunset!!

See here some photos of some things I consider splendid, followed by photos of some rather splendid antiques available now at Au Vieux Paris Antiques in case you too are interested in “splendid”!      Vivre le bon gout!!

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

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Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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