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the Le Roi de Soleil Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

 

The Roi de Soleil convex mirror is composed of a stacked gilded frame that is encrusted with layers of Venetian glass rods.  The rods vary in colors of gold, amber and yellow creating a sparkling depth.

This mirror is about 12 inches in diameter and is currently in my studio pending being sent to one of my showrooms.

Jewelry for walls.

Le Roi Soleil Convex Mirror

 

Louis XIV is the longest reigning monarch in European history. He was king for over 72 years. He was known as the “Sun King”.  His personal emblem was the sun: a stylized version of the rays of the sun that had a bust of the god Apollo at its center.  Like the sun, Louis considered himself to be the center of the universe.

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Louis reigned over France as it became the most powerful country in Europe. He expanded his father’s hunting lodge of Versailles into one of the largest and most dazzling palaces in the world. All the nobility were expected to attend the court at Versailles and vie for any empty favors Louis deigned to give them.

His wars and his mania for building nearly bankrupted France. Those who suffered most were the poor and Louis was famously callous to their plight.

Much has been written about Louis XIV. To distill his personality would describe two people. On one hand he was extremely polite and courteous to all. He was hard working and punctual( his daily schedule was rigid). He was a great supporter of the arts. He was sexy. He was sentimental. He was pious. He enjoyed enormous meals. On the other hand Louis was intolerant, ruthless, religiously bigoted and indifferent to the discomfort, inconvenience or suffering of others. Louis was aggressive in war but for his own glory not for justice. He was a notorious libertine. In the end, Louis XIV was an arrogant hypocrite.

Louis lived so long that he outlived his time. The court had become calcified with etiquette. He had outlived his son and his grandson. His heir was a five year old boy. He died an agonizing death due to gangrene in his leg.

For more go to my lenticular of Louis XIV in my Bourbon Dynasty series at http://theartofmarkevans.com/product/the-bourbon-dynasty-louis-xiv-the-sun-king-1638-1715/

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