Marie-Antoinette Rose, watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"
Sometimes you take a step in one direction and it leads you to all sorts of unexpected places you never dreamed of...
I went to see the Marie-Antoinette exhibit at the Grand Palais last week. I'd learned to love the movie after watching it in French, so visiting the exhibit was a must.
The museum gift shop was full of roses pink roses.
Pink, pink, pink
More pinkerie with a touch of raspberry.
Inside the exhibit there was a wall of hairstyle prints - more roses here too.
And Marie-Antoinette's exquisite china - with roses bien sur.
On Easter Monday I visited the Louvre, and was more excited by Bernardaud's window display of special edition "Marie-Antoinette" china.
And the silk roses were to die for. Perfect for painting still lifes. But where to find them!!! A friend sent me to the wholesale hat district in the Marais = zero, nada, no silk roses. Finally I just walked into Bernardaud and asked them. So simple and they could not have been more kind. They got on the phone et voila! Their silk roses were from SIA and quite close by.
I went to 3/5 boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 near the Madeleine. LOOK Right in the window = my roses!
SIA is a chain of home shops founded by Sonja Ingegerd Andersson in 1963 in Sweden. Now their main offices are in France.YUM and not just roses, but stunning vases and china and furniture... But the silk flowers are sensational - almost more beautiful than real flowers... And they have scented versions if you are so inclined.. Thank you SIAThank you Bernardaud
And most of all Merci, Marie-Antoinette!