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

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Exterior marble White Carrera, vein-less.  You can really see the effect of rain over the years – see the rounding of the carvings.

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This is a classic, super ornate ceiling.  Typical of 19th c and created under Louis Philippe.

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Notice the trompe l’oeil door.

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There’s amazing detail achieved in this 18th c, Louis XVI ornament.  The hand-carved, chiseled and refined limestone is quite an achievement due to the soft and delicate nature of limestone.

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A classic, low-relief carving on wood with grey gesso and rabbit skin glue.

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Louis XVI, Baroque style.

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“Oeil de boeuf” (eye of the ox), classic ocular window beautifully carved in sandstone.   I am taken by the quality detail and refinement of the laurel and ribbons.  To get such detail is amazing with the period’s rudimentary tools of the mallet and chisel.

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This base of a spiral fluted vase is adorned with acanthus leaves in a vein-less White Carrera marble.  Beautifully chiseled and honed.

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Detail of interlaced trellis at the base of a vase

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Great detail of acanthus vase base.  Notice reflective highlights on left and beautiful cast shadow the depths of the leaf.  This is a tremendous resource for trompe l’oeil.

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This vase has fluted carving and foliage.  The low light gives a soft shadow which is a perfect reference for trompe l’oeil. It’s amazing to think this was carved from one big block of marble. What a mastery!

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A laurel wreath under perfect lighting for a painted study.

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A classic design repeat pattern.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the photos Pierre! Really nice detail! I will try some of these out in a painting
    Mike
    Hope you all had fun in Japan!

  2. Bernard says:

    thank’s for sharing the pics would have loved to have been their!

  3. Thank you Pierre. Great closeups of beautiful carving. Very useful.
    Melanie

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