Royal Treasures in San Francisco

M Henri Loyrette, Dede Wilsey, Martin Chapman

M. Henri Loyrette, Dede Wilsey, Martin Chapman

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s newest exhibit at the Legion of Honor is a true treasure to enjoy throughout the Winter.

“Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette” presents an unparalleled collection of decorative arts from the Musee du Louvre, Paris, including some of the most exquisite treasures of the French monarchy from the time of Louis XIV until the Revolution of 1789.

At the recent gala opening for the exhibition, guests wore their most regal evening wear — Mrs. Wilsey in a golden gown, Mrs. Schultz in royal azure, and Mrs. Ejabat in black, white and gold — properly befitting the occasion.

Among the dazzling objects on display, highlights include the gemmes de la couronne (precious hardstone vases collected by Louis XIV), the presents du Roi (diamond-and-gem snuffboxes made for the royal family to present as gifts), Marie-Antoinette’s personal collection of precious vases made of agate and other hardstones, and personal items made for Louis XV’s private use or for use by his mistresses, Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry.

Dede Wilsey, Charlotte Shultz

Ken Fulk, Allison Speer – Todd Traina, Katie Traina

Portrait of Louis XIV

Portrait of Louis XIV, 17th century. Goldsmith-jeweler: Laurent Tessier Montarsy (?—1684). Miniature painting, silver, and diamond. Photo: Jean-Gilles Berizzi.

Alexandra Suppes, Christine Suppes – Stephanie Ejabat

Mary Beth Shimmon, David Shimmon – Lonna Wais

Bust of Marie-Antoinette

Bust of Marie-Antoinette. Commissioned by Prince Alexandre Kourakine. 1782. Hard-paste porcelain. Photo: Peter Harholdt.

Lisa Zanze, Laurie Fullerton Hedrick – Becca Cason-Thrash

Callahan Fritz-Cope, Monica Maduro – Ken Hagan, Kendall Wilkinson

Many of the objects in the exhibition have never been shown in the United States and indeed, several have never left France. Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette is an unparalleled collection of decorative objects from France’s most illustrious royalty, direct from the Musee du Louvre, and displayed for the first time in the United States in this exclusive presentation.

Exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with the exceptional collaboration of the Musee du Louvre. The Grand Patrons are Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn. The Major Patron is the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. The luxury hotel sponsor is Taj Campton Place.