Versailles Palace from a decorative painter’s eye: Real marble

The Palace of Versailles is a rare find when it comes to examples of real marble.  The halls, rooms, and exterior are packed with fine European and French marbles.  What is particularly exciting is the care that was taken to place certain species next to one another.  Also, the type of “cut” of marble was a thoughtful consideration.  It seems to me that every selection was to yield the best representation of the characteristics and the colors of the marble.

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Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble aleppo breccia

Aleppo breccia from Syria

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble rouge royal

Rouge Royal columns from Belgium  (cloudy marble)

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble Languedoc

Languedoc red breccia from France

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble white breccia

White breccia panel -from Italy or France – Baseboard is mixed Campan from FrancePierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble sarrancollin

Flame of Sarrancollin from the Pyrenees, France – mixed Campan France  (veined marble)Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble mixed campan

Round pillars are mixed Campan – pilaster is Languedoc

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble ribbon onyx

Pedestal is a ribbon onyx from Algeria

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble white veined and campan

Circle medallion green Campan (veined marble), Carrera white veined marble on stiles/rails.  Baseboard and chair rail is Sarrancollin

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble white veined and campan

White veined framing green Campan – chair rail with Sarrancollin with a counter-pass cut

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble sarrancollin

Baseboard flat is Sarrancollin with a counter-pass cut with a shoe molding in mixed Campan

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble Languedoc

You’re seeing a floor with Red Languedoc (cloudy marble)

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble violet and green campan

Baseboard in mixed Campan, dominant of green with violet oxide stripes, upper is violet oxide with pink stripes, (veined marble) – see how fissures are the real showpiece on this marble.

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble sarrancollin

Sarrancollin panel with a counter-pass cut with flaming – framed with mixed Campan

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble white breccia

Outdoor white Breccia that has been bleached and honed by the rainwater and the pinkish hue is actually a stain from a red Languedoc that is in the panel 

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble long duc belgium blue

The casing is Belgium blue- basically, black marble with fissures  –  stiles/rails is a vein-less white Carerra, molding is green Campan, red Languedoc (cloudy marble)

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble campan fissures

mixed Campan with great fissuring (veined marble)

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble mantle mixed campan

mantle with mixed Campan — very dramatic

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble pedestal Incarnat Curquin

Pilaster is made out of Incarnat Curquin from France (cloudy marble) – family of Languedoc  and Rouge Royal —  background molding is green Campan.  Black marble on baseboard and chair rail is Petit Antique

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble portor

Panels are black and gold (Portor) – Stiles/rails are vein-less white Carrera, base and chair rail are red Languedoc

Pierre Finkelstein Versailles palace real marble petit antique

The inner diamond is Petit Antique –  triangles are mixed Campan, white veined  on the outside is Rance from Belgium (cloudy marble) — same family as Rouge Royal

 

 

 

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  1. Thanks Pierre, marble layouts are fab. Just what i needed for my day off… lets go paint!

  2. Thanks for the private tour Pierre.I think it is great that you share these wonderful photos with the rest of us.What a wonderful view of some of the most awesome examples on the planet.

    Thank you for your generosity , wisdom,and your time.
    Nice Job!

  3. Hey Pierre,
    Great pictures.
    My wife and I were there many years ago.
    Wonderful marble workmanship.
    The painting and gold leaf in some of those places were gaudy, and some were beautiful.
    Did you take in the Louvre Art Museum?
    That’s a must see as well.
    Good talking to you awhile back.
    Did your job in Dallas work out?

  4. Great photos Pierre. You know, all those times in Paris and I have yet to take the trip out to Versailles. They really did give thought to composition. I hadn’t thought about how the cut of the stone was also part of that. Thanks for the great ref images too 😉

  5. Marlena VanHelsing Antique Bottles says:

    An age…never to be repeated in forseeable history….but so much to see and learn from it. Wish there were more clients who would be inspired to pay for the faux

  6. Merci beaucoup pour la leçon en marbre. Ok, that’s about all I can say in French! 🙂

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