Thank you Joy, for inviting me to be a part of this birthday celebration.
Marie Antoinette: born November 2, 1755, died October 16, 1793
"Courage! I have shown it for years. Think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?”
- MARIE ANTOINETTE
While preparing for this soiree, I did many hours of research on Marie Antoinette. I found her to be a very courageous, enterprising and intelligent woman. The youngest of 15 children, not well educated and quite unspoiled compared to many of her contemporaries. She was brought to the palace at Versailles at 14 years of age. Can you imagine the fear she must have felt when she looked up at this building.
Her name evokes so many different emotions in a short space of time. The more I read of her life, the more I believe she became a scapegoat for the ailing French economy. From the moment she stepped foot in France she was under a microscope, which eventually led to her demise. I can’t help but wonder if things might have been different if the French economy had been thriving when she and Louis XVI inherited the throne.
I found this postcard of the young princess and was inspired to create a vignette in her honor.
To create the memory board overhead, I chose an antique frame and created a padded insert with cotton batting and a lovely damask cotton covering. Then I added a copy of the postcard trimmed in a silver thread with a sterling silver finding to crown the top, and a rhinestone brooch pinned to the bottom. The gorgeous blue green silk screamed royalty to me so I added it as a frame to the postcard. I had a lot of fun with this project.
Marie Memory Board
Pearls, which might have adorned her neck, sit in a gorgeous mother of pearl vase.
Details of a lion on the dressing mirror.
A close up of the center of my memory board.
I found this lovely set of doors on Rubylane a little too expensive for my taste at $200,000.00 for the pair. They happen to carry the monogram of Marie Antoinette. I would love to know the history behind them.
I found this teacup a while ago and fell in love with it. This cup carries the favorite symbols of Marie Antoinette, the pink rose and the blue cornflower.
French hand painted miniature of Marie
I hope you enjoyed yourself. Now please visit Joy at Cupids Charm for more Marie party-goers.
There is a wonderful link you should follow if you would like to know more about Marie. Lady Antonia Fraser discusses why Marie Antoinette has fascinated people throughout history. Please click here for the link.