[image credit: Chez Osenat, via Auction.fr]]
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Museum Sunday: A nightlight owned by the duchesse d'Angoulême
Museum Sunday: a day for highlighting objects, books, and other items from the collections and lives of Marie Antoinette and her contemporaries.
This Sèvres vase-style veilleuse (a type of night light) depicts the pavilion de Breteuil, an estate which had by the time of the painting been integrated into the Chateau de Saint-Cloud. The pavilion de Breteuil was reintegrated into the over-arching estate of the chateau de Saint-Cloud in 1793, when the original owner's property was declared property of the state. This particular veilleuse was purchased on October 2nd, 1822 by the duchesse d'Angoulême for 400 francs.