Presentation miniature of Louis XIV, ca. 1670. Workshop of Pierre and Laurent Le Tessier de Montarsy, goldsmiths; Jean Petitot I, enameler. Painted enamel and diamonds set in silver and enameled gold, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Objets d’Art, Gift of the Société des Amis, 2009, OA 12280. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY / Jean-Gilles Berizzi
This world-exclusive exhibition presents an unparalleled collection of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, including some of the most exquisite treasures of the French monarchy from the time of Louis XIV until the Revolution of 1789. The exhibition is the story of French royal patronage, and the showcased objects include a masterwork mosaic tabletop of semiprecious stones by the Gobelins Manufactory; precious hardstone vases collected by Louis XIV; the présents du roi, including diamond-and-gem snuffboxes, made for the royal family to present as gifts; personal items made for private use by Louis XV or his mistresses, Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain; and Marie-Antoinette’s personal collection of precious vases made of agate and other hardstones.