Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

Recently on display in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, this exhibit showcased some of the many treasures from the Palace of Versailles. It was a collection that ranged from old plumbing equipment to intricately carved, gold clocks.

Clock

It was very busy at the exhibition, but the people there with me were relatively polite and accommodating- people would not stand directly in front of something and block the view for everyone else, no one shoved anyone out of the way, which I think has happened to everyone at least once.

The tour began in a room with portraits and the gates from the palace of Versailles, then led through to a room with large, patterned carpets, as well as vases and this godly image with one heck of a frame.

Frame

After that there was a room with portraits and range of elaborate luxuries, including what I think was a perfume-fountain-dispenser thing. There was information about the immense plumbing work done to create the gardens at Versailles, and some of the equipment used.

There was a statue from a fountain as well as ones of creatures on display in the gardens. The fountain piece has the soundtrack of running water, as well as a screen with water playing in the background. There was a little sitting area and it was a nice spot to rest for a moment.

Harp

After the garden part, the exhibition led into a room filled with furniture, fans and bits and bobs that were all just as intricate and beautiful as those before them. There were more portraits on the walls and a lot of cool stuff.

Bird Cage

All in all it was a great day out and worth the money. Unfortunately, the exhibition has ended now, but if it ever comes back I definitely recommend giving it a go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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