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September 2014
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« China at Versailles » at the Château de Versailles.

China at Versailles, Château de Versailles © Château de Versailles

This exhibition retraces the history of political and artistic exchanges between China and France during the 18th century, to commemorate the establishment of diplomatic relationships between the two countries in 1964.

In the apartments of Madame de Maintenon, a display of paintings, furniture, lacquer pieces, porcelain and tapestries is a testament to the spectacular luxury of their era and their rarity today. Some 150 works gather together to illustrate the French taste for artistic Chinese artefacts, made popular during the reign of Louis XIV. These pieces also reveal the European interest in descriptions of China, expressed by the French Jesuits in their correspondences throughout the 18th century.
Until 26th October.
www.chateauversailles.fr

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