Marie-Antoinette is synonymous with the opulence of Versailles. The luxury of her fashion, possessions and lifestyle is as famous as she is and everyone dreams of being spoilt the way she was at least once in their lives. This formal portrait captures the youthfulness, grace and radiance of the 22-year-old queen.
The palace's furniture conveys the magnificence and power of Versailles. Everything was dripping in gold, including this beautiful desk crafted by the most talented cabinetmakers in Europe for Louis XV's son, the Dauphin, to celebrate his marriage. The Rococo curves, gilded details and secret drawers make this an incredible work of art.
This grand tapestry is by far the largest work made for the interior of the palace at Versailles, measuring a whopping six metres long. Part of the most important series of wall hangings made for the monarchy by the famous Gobelins workshop, it includes amazing detail depicting important events in the life of the king.
This monumental group portrait of the aristocratic Sourches family, over three metres high, required individual freight and it was well worth it. Up close you can see the beautiful detail of this masterpiece and imagine what it was like to be part of the unique world of Versailles.
This bust of Louis XIV is an exceptionally important work of art. Aside from its great value it depicts the face of the king responsible for the largest palace ever built. To place this into perspective, Buckingham Palace would fit into the grounds of Versailles many times over. It was the grandest of visions realised by the power-hungry Louis XIV, who referred to himself as the Sun King.