MOET & CHANDON TO PRESENT A MAJOR EXHIBITION: 'VERSAILLES AND THE ROYAL TABLES OF EUROPE'
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are a gourmet, gourmand or antiquarian, and will be anywhere near Paris this coming winter, there is a unique exhibition that will be just your cup of tea -- and that cup will be priceless. Moet & Chandon, the noted champagne house, has underwritten the assembling of a great collection of the finest royal table settings from major museums and royal collections to be exhibited at the Palace of Versailles from Nov. 6, 1993, to Feb. 27, 1994. This glittering presentation of thousands of rare and valuable table items will be held in the "African" rooms and the "Crimean" rooms, meticulously restored by Moet & Chandon and its parent company, LVMH/Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, as part of Moet's 250th anniversary celebration. These rooms have not been open for public viewing for the past 30 years. Tables will be sumptuously set with the most prestigious silver, vermeil and porcelain dinner services from the royal collections of Great Britain, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden, as well as important museums throughout the world. These tablewares, associated with the greatest names in French silver and goldmaking, as well as the elaborate creations of the Sevres porcelain factory, were designed and produced by royal command. They bear glittering witness to the pomp and refinement observed at Versailles from the middle of the 17th century, beginning with Louis XIV, to the reign of Napoleon III. Several American museums have loaned material for this exhibit: The Detroit Institute of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Toledo Museum of Art. Much of this priceless material was either melted down during the 18th century in the royal foundries or destroyed during the time of the Revolution. What does remain were the gifts that Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI and Napoleon I presented to members of their families and royalty throughout Europe, diplomatic gifts and the orders for similar tablewares given to these artisans by European kings and queens. The glory of this exhibition is that, for the first and probably only time, these items will be reunited at Versailles. -0- 9/16/93 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For photos, call the contact below./ /CONTACT: Ed Schwartz of Ed Schwartz Public Relations, 415-346-2929, for Moet & Chandon/
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