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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Decorative Arts of the Kings Closes September 2

Nécessaire, 1729, by Henri-Nicolas Cousinet. Currently on view in Decorative Arts of the Kings, at the High. Image copyright High Museum of Art.

The High's exhibition, Decorative Arts of the Kings, is in its final weeks. On view are masterworks by furniture makers such as Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sene and Bernard van Risenburgh II (I thought of Kelly Wearstler's Hillcrest library when I saw the van Risenburgh writing table.) Stately 17th-century tapestries are included too. Some whimsy is injected with Isabelle de Borchgrave's life-size paper-costumed Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI.

Related reading that might be perfect for a future bookclub: The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour.

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