Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Gift for the Queen

Louis XVI gave a diamond-encrusted feather to Marie-Antoinette to encourage her to stop wearing plumes in her hair that were too tall. He said:
I beg you will limit yourself to this ornament, even of which your charms have no need. This present should please you the more that it has not increased my expenditure, since it is composed of diamonds I possessed when I was a dauphin.


lara77 said...

Elena Maria, THAT is absolutely exquisite! The workmanship defies any comment. Who would ever wear feathers when they could put this magical diamond feather in their hair. I also love how Louis XVI admits to holding down his expenditures because they were diamonds that already belonged to him! You would never hear Louis XIV make that comment!!

The North Coast said...

Who knew Louis XVI had such taste and artistry? This is a lovely ornament, obviously inspired by the king's love of his wife.

Thanks for all the great little vignettes of the day-to-day lives of these people, that reveal so much about their real personalities.

laughingsalmon said...

A gorgeous jewel indeed...It shows the intimate love and communication of MA and the King...Where is the diamond feather today?

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, NC, that is so true.

LS, I don't know.