On the eve of its bicentennial, Braquenié bears witness to the timelessness of its heritage and celebrates the quintessence of French style, a subtle blend of foreign influences and national creations. Offering a rich dialogue between tradition embodied in unalterable elegance and assumed representations, the ANNIVERSAIRE 1823 – 2023 collection unfolds around authentic reproductions as well as reinterpretations inspired by illustrious documents, preserved in the House's archives department, or in the heritage collections of the Château de Versailles, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris or the Musée de la Toile de Jouy.
Unwrapped from their protective coverings, as if awakened from a long sleep, some of the archival drawings are used here for the first time. Others, emblematic, free themselves from their original coloring or technique and reinvent themselves in a new way. Treasures of beauty, the collection reads like pages of history recalling the spirit of the time; a penchant for exoticism and representations of fanciful locales, an invitation to the intimacy of the private apartments of Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, a particular inclination for the printed canvases of the Manufacture Royale d’Oberkampf, a place aboard the first flight in a hot air balloon... Conceived as a manifesto of the French art of living, this collection explores the notions of know-how, quality and taste. Stunning trees of life, sublime indiennes, glorious cashmeres, eternal flowers and rivers, tapestries that are more than contemporary, the classics are endlessly reinvented.
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