Wimborne & Blandford Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Wimborne & Blandford Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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The Palace of Versailles
Peter Le Rossignol MA , MA , DPhil
Monday 16 October 2017

Peter has been involved in the art world for some forty years and has a wide range of interests most of which pivot on the technology and manufacturing of the decorative arts from early civilisations through to the 19th century.  He has completed three degrees culminating in a doctoral paper on precious metal techniques and their effect on the European economies of the 18th century.  He is a keen collector of “stuff” and enjoys the research into all objects – their history and the reasons behind their manufacture.  He believes that to understand the object is to understand the craftsman.

The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World heritage site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art.  Louis XIV embellished and extended a hunting lodge which had belonged to his father and established the court and government there in 1682.  Learn more about this magnificent and iconic building from Peter’s lecture.