Sunday, September 30, 2007

Necklace for Sale

It belonged to Queen Marie-Antoinette. She gave it to her friend Lady Sutherland, the British ambassador's wife, for safe-keeping during the Revolution. The queen was fond of jewelry, but her tastes were simple, especially compared to those who came after. Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, who set out to bring the "Rights of Man" to the other European nations, was famous for her opulent style.

Above is a picture of Marie-Antoinette's daughter Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte, dripping with jewels. The Duchesse d'Angouleme was notorious for her thrift; no one made a fuss when she dressed like a princess. But Marie-Antoinette's love of beautiful jewelry is blamed for the Revolution... and practically everything. Share

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