French Style Partner's Desks

French-Style-Partners-DesksThe grandness and luxury of French design culminate in this partner’s desk and multiple-drawer cartonnier, crafted by master cabinetmaker Paul Sormani. Sormani created this exceptional work after the model by Simon Oeben, one of the most successful ébénistes of the 18th century. The original set, made circa 1765, belonged to the Duc de Choiseul-Praslin, Prime Minister for Louis XV, and can be recognized in one of the gouaches by Van Blarenberghe of the interiors of Choiseul’s house, circa 1770.

The contents of Choiseul’s house were sold in (Read More...)

French Gardens

Versailles - Allée des MarmousetsThe gardens of Versailles are remarkable to experience in person. The gardens cover roughly 800 hectares of land, which is landscaped in the classic French style.  he meticulous manicured lawns inspire millions, as they are the most visited place in France, and receive more than six million visitors a year. 210,000 million flowers are planted annually, 200,000 trees and 50 fountains with more than 620 jets of water.  Sculptures and fountains accent the beautiful hedges and grasses in a symmetrical pattern. (Read More...)