1770 – Marie-Antoinette’s Jewellery Cabinet (English Version)
THE WEDDING PRESENTS OF THE DAUPHIN IN 1770 – MARIE-ANTOINETTE’S JEWELLERY CABINET
« In 1769, Louis XV ordered a wedding basket for the Archduchess Marie Antoinette, on the occasion of the royal wedding of her grandson, the dauphin Louis-Auguste, future Louis XVI, scheduled for May 16, 1770.
The large basket rests on eight tapered circular legs, connected by a frame in the center of which sits the Austrian eagle. This one is placed on a shield in the effigy of the sun and carries a garland of flowers. This image represents the union of France and Austria. Two pine cones, symbol of fertility, also adorn the frame; they are placed on rosettes of leaves, on both sides of the eagle. The feet of the cabinet are surmounted by a large entablature adorned with a frieze decorated on the sides with a medallion flanked by foliage, and in the center of a bundle (or wooden sticks connected together). The cabinet has three doors. The central panel is a tripod decorated with sphinx heads, flanked by two branches of laurel and surmounted by a mask placed in the rays of a sun. Behind the tripod intersect two pairs of arrows. On each of the two side wings are represented the coat of arms of the Bourbon, the family of the dolphin and the Austrian coat of arms of the Dauphine. The doors are crowned by an entablature composed of a large frieze of interlacing surmounted by a second of waves, above the cornice. At the top, the dolphin’s crown rests on a cushion, while three dolphins connected by their tails punctuate each of the angles.
The coat of arms of the dolphin and dauphine, on the two side wings, were covered with a celestial blue satin, and the exterior of the twenty-four drawers of a gilded cloth adorned with a golden braided braid. »
[Excerpt : https://journals.openedition.org/crcv/13561 ]
For the project and for the model « Alcove of the Queen’s Bedroom – Winter Furniture », I reproduced from the above description of the Dauphine’s jewelery clamp, future Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette. The chassis will subsequently be modified.
Dimensions: 146 (186 with crown) x 151 x 46 mm (5.76 x 5.94 x 1.81 inch) – Made in April 2016