This crown was created for the coronation of King Louis XV of France in 1722. He was five years old. It is decorated with diamonds of the royal jewels of France. The new crown was made by Laurent Ronde, the jeweler of the French crown. It originally contained a collection of Mazarin diamonds, the Sancy diamond in the fleur-de-lis at the top of the arches, and the famous "Regent" diamond, placed at the front of the crown, as well as hundreds of other diamonds precious, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and topazes. All the 20 crowns of the Ancien Régime (meaning before the French Revolution in 1789) preserved in the Saint-Denis basilica, including that of Saint-Louis and that known as Charlemagne, were destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution. But this crown of Louis XV was the only one to survive, although its precious stones were replaced by pasta in 1729 on the order of Louis XV. The original crown contained 282 diamonds, 16 rubies, 16 sapphires, 16 emeralds and 237 pearls. It is permanently exposed to the Louvre Museum in Paris. #crown#france # 18th century # pearls #sapphire#ruby#topaz # silver #emeralds#gildedsilver#summy#king#round#bourbon#royalty#museum#museum#thelover#love#parisian#nicehat#mindboggling#special#gems # gststones #royals # royalties #coronation#opulence#great
Cette couronne a été créée pour le couronnement du roi Louis XV de France en 1722. Il avait cinq ans. Il est orné de diamants des joyaux royaux de France. La nouvelle couronne a été réalisée par Laurent Ronde, le joaillier de la couronne française. Il contenait à l'origine une collection de diamants Mazarin, le diamant Sancy dans la fleur de lys au sommet des arches, et le fameux diamant «Regent», placé à l'avant de la couronne, ainsi que des centaines d'autres diamants précieux, rubis, émeraudes, saphirs, perles et topazes. Toutes les 20 couronnes de l'Ancien Régime (signifiant avant la Révolution française en 1789) conservées dans la basilique Saint-Denis, dont celle de Saint-Louis et celle dite de Charlemagne, ont été détruites en 1793 lors de la révolution française . Mais cette couronne de Louis XV était la seule à survivre, bien que ses pierres précieuses aient été remplacées par des pâtes en 1729 sur l'ordre de Louis XV. La couronne d'origine contenait 282 diamants, 16 rubis, 16 saphirs, 16 émeraudes et 237 perles. Il est exposé en permanence au musée du Louvre à Paris. #crown#france # 18ème siècle # perles #sapphire#ruby#topaz # argent #emeralds#gildedsilver#summy#king#france#bourbon#royalty#museum#museum#thelouvre#louvre#parisian#nicehat#mindboggling#sprivieux#gems#gststones#royals # royautés #coronation#opulence#grandeur
I had a rare opportunity to step inside the gates of The Elkins Estate a month ago, here are some photos I shot. Although Lynnewood Hall truly is Pennsylvania’s most magnificent mansion still in existence, there are very few others in the state that could even hold a candle to her grander. There are two principle mansions on the Elkins Estate; a lovely Tudor called Chelten House and a Italianate Renaissance residence named Elstowe Manor. However, it is the latter which is on par with Lynnewood. Elstowe Manor was constructed in 1898 by none other than Horace Trumbauer, the same architect who executed The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Union League, Whitemarsh Hall, and our beloved Lynnewood Hall. The mansion was commissioned by William L. Elkins who was a close friend and business partner of Peter A.B. Widener. They were such good friends that in 1883, William’s daughter Eleanor married Peter’s son, George Dunton Widener. The estate stayed in the family’s possession until 1932 when William’s grandson, William H. Elkins, sold it to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’Ricci. The sisters currently still own the property but no longer use it for a retreat center or residence. It sits vacant, yet guarded and maintained, looking for a new steward that will breathe life into her once again. #elkins#elkinsestate#elkinspark#widener#philly#philadelphia#philadelphiahistory#ushistory#ourhistory#preservation#thisplacematters#americansplendor#beauty#opulence
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'
'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
'I don't much care where -' said Alice.
'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.
'- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,' Alice added as an explanation.
'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk long enough.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland