Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Marie Antoinette's agate incense burner

The queen Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793) was particularly fond of gemstones, which she had mounted into objects to decorate her rooms at the Château de Versailles. The agate incense burner in the Louvre comes from her Grand Cabinet there. It is the work of the jeweler to the king Charles Ouizille (1744-1830) and the miniaturist painter Jacques-Joseph De Gault (about 1738-1812). This work, by virtue of its ornamentation and the choice of materials, is emblematic of neoclassicism. 

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