Bust of Antoninus Pius, Roman, Ca. 140-150 CE
Museo Nacional del Prado, On View in Room 27
Plan De Paris, Leve Par Les Ordres Du Roy Et Par Les Soins De Messieurs Les Prevost Des Marchands Et Eschevins.
Description: This majestic twelve panel map or plan of Paris is the c. 1900 Taride reissue of an important map originally prepared by Pierre Bullet, Francois Blonde, A. Bonnardt, and Bernard J. H. Jaillot. Like many early maps of Paris the present example is oriented to the east. Centered on the Ile de la Cite, this map covers Paris from the Bastille to the western end of the Jardin de Tuilleries and from Montmarte to L’Observatorie. This is a geometric delineation of Paris and offers numerous decorative elements, including profile views of all significant Paris buildings including the Louvre, the Bastille, Notre Dame, the Palais Royale, and countless other palaces, hospitals, monasteries, churches, and monuments. The map was issued at the bequest of King Louis XIV and involved some six years of painstaking survey work. This earliest edition of this map was finally issued in 1676. The present example reflects updates to 1710 with additional public buildings, private mansions, and perspective views. The upper right and left quadrants feature vignettes illustrating the four great gates of Paris: Porte St. Bernard, Porte St. Denis, Porte St. Antoine, and Porte St. Martin. In the lower left quadrant an exceptionally interesting inset plan details the city’s many fountains and subterranean waterworks. Another inset map in the lower right quadrant is entitled the ‘Environs de Paris’. The whole is surrounded by a decorative oak leaf border.
This map presents dramatically when framed, either separately or together, in nine tightly spaced panels. It can also be joined by a conservator into a single massive wall map of Paris. This is the c. 1900 Taride reissue. The original 1710 plan is today nearly unobtainable.
Date: 1900 (dated 1710)
Source: Taride, A., Paris en 1710, (Paris: Taride) c. 1900.
Hercules as a baby strangling the snakes
House of the Vettii
1st century A.D.
Antique Zoroastrian Wedding Shirt
Embroidered and Silk brocade
Safavi Period 1501-1722
Senet, the 3000 year old game that was a favorite of the boy king Tutankhamun
Queen Elizabeth Room at Burghley House
Interiors: I visited the V&A several weeks ago and was utterly dazzled by the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. Ever since I have been slightly obsessed with the rich fabrics that were used throughout this period and into the Baroque. I have secretly amassed a drawer of samples to feed my sudden hunger and I’m especially coveting fabrics by Watts of Westminster and English Home. This magnificent bedroom at Burghley House is an embodiment of everything that inspired me at the V&A. I would love to attempt a contemporary interpretation of a four poster bed and monumental tapestry combination. Less is less. More is more!
finds: I’m always drawn to games tables and this Regency style leather-covered games table, with it’s reversible top and semi-secret compartments, is especially enticing. It would make a quirky little dressing table, a handsome occassional table with a wee bit of storage, or you could actually use it as a chess table. You couldn’t find better inspiration to practice your Sicilian Pterodactyl opening…
Guido Guidi, from De Anatome Corporis Humani Libri VII, 1611