King Louis XIV of France may turn 375 today, but his shoes are still fresh as ever.
Portrait of Louis XIV (detail), after 1701, Workshop of Hyacinthe Rigaud. The J. Paul Getty Museum

King Louis XIV of France may turn 375 today, but his shoes are still fresh as ever.

Portrait of Louis XIV (detail), after 1701, Workshop of Hyacinthe Rigaud. The J. Paul Getty Museum

This reading and writing table once resided in the Palace of Versailles.
It now lives gallery S108 (in the South Building) at the Getty Center. 
Reading and Writing Table, about 1670-1675, Unknown. Oak veneered with ivory, blue painted horn, ebony; rosewood, and amaranth  with drawer of walnut; gilt-bronze moldings; modern velvet. J. Paul Getty Museum. 

This reading and writing table once resided in the Palace of Versailles.

It now lives gallery S108 (in the South Building) at the Getty Center. 

Reading and Writing Table, about 1670-1675, Unknown. Oak veneered with ivory, blue painted horn, ebony; rosewood, and amaranth  with drawer of walnut; gilt-bronze moldings; modern velvet. J. Paul Getty Museum. 

Why is French silver so rare in museums? Because King Louis XIV melted most of it down into coins. How this one escaped the king’s giant meltdown at http://bit.ly/I9NKXh

Why is French silver so rare in museums? Because King Louis XIV melted most of it down into coins. How this one escaped the king’s giant meltdown at http://bit.ly/I9NKXh

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