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Napoleon III’s Apartments at the Louvre – 1

A throwback to the time when the Louvre still was a royal palace, the set of apartments from the time of Napoleon III have remained largely untouched since the time they were in use, in the mid-nineteenth century, providing a glimpse into the art and decor of the period. If, like me, you do not have the time to visit the palace at Versailles, these set of rooms will make up for some of the loss. The sumptuous decoration, the ornate furniture, the incredibly detailed work on even the smallest items did not arouse as personal a reaction as the relics and the art did – for me at least – but they were still to be marveled at.

If you ignore the photographer hunched up in the mirror (me), the bright colors of the upholstery and the gold trimming on everything cannot but entrance you.
No item was so small as to escape the attention of the palace artists. Pieces from a tea and a dinner service. The lovely painted scenes on the tureen and the dish are particularly beautiful. If these were the plates you ate from, it would be hard not to get pompous; I know I would ๐Ÿ˜‰

About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


5 thoughts on “Napoleon III’s Apartments at the Louvre – 1

  1. I was so busy looking at the finery I missed the photographer in the mirror! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Julie@frogpondfarm | 17/04/2019, 12:40 PM
  2. Wow, extravagant, say the least. Good to see the photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 11/04/2019, 7:11 PM

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