Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Just because it's pretty

Do we bloggers always need a reason to post pretty pictures? I for one don't think so. Sometimes we (or at least I) go to a museum simply to see something pretty and not neccesarily to learn anything. Is that too honest?

If you need another reason, it's my birthday; A little pretty is required. Shown here are some period rooms and furnishings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A bust of Louis XV at the age of 47 by Lemoyne and presented to his mistress, Madame de Pompadour (beat that portrait to your mistress, Congressman Weiner)


I show a lot of pictures of chandeliers on my blog I'm starting to realize. Would you believe I don't even own one myself?

Gilded lit a la duchesse (or flying tester bed) by Georges Jacob. Enjoy!

21 comments:

Dandy said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday, Stefan! I just bought two antique chandeliers on ebay (a steal for sure), maybe you need to buy yourself a birthday present.

nursemyra said...

love that bed

The Devoted Classicist said...

Happy birthday!

Next time you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, notice that some of the chandeliers have great little handmade glass light bulbs. (They require a transformer). And so often the "candles" are made too short; note the correct lengths shown here are proportional to the fixture and the period.

Pigtown-Design said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope that it's a brilliant day!

David said...

Happy birthday Stefan!

smilla4blogs said...

A beautiful selection in today's post! I'm convinced our world would not be so acrimonious if we had more "pretty!" I wonder why the notion has fallen out of favor?

There are folks up here in Maine wishing you a pretty happy birthday! Hope your day is wonderful from start to finish!

home before dark said...

Hope you have a delicious and down right pretty birthday.

Woody said...

Happy Birthday! Pretty with no reason is often the best kind of pretty.

Paisley Curtain said...

Happy Birthday! dear friend.

Would you like to have a chandelier as your birthday present? :)

Style Court said...

Stefan! I hope you're having a wonderful birthday so far and hope the celebration extends into the weekend.

I definitely agree -- sometimes no words are needed.

Cheers,
Courtney

JWC said...

Agreed, beauty in itself is a reason to post these images. The bed is spectacular. I've always loved tester beds.

Picture of Elegance said...

Happy Birthday and many happy returns...

David Toms said...

No we do not need a reason, however as you say a birthday is a pretty good reason! Happy Birthday Stefan!
I hope that you had a wonderful day!

ChipSF said...

Happy Birthday! A lovely day.

sandrajonas.com said...

Happy Birthday Stefan! Hope it was a wonderful day and definitely expand it into the weekend. In fact I am in favor of 'Birthday Week'.

Enjoy and keep it pretty...
xsxsxs

Eric H said...

Happy birthday stefan! :) I hope you're having a wonderful day. To answer your question about whether you're being too honest...we all read your blog expressly for your honest perspective so keep finding and sharing pretty things with us!

Lily said...

No reason needed. These are beautiful - or I should say magnificent!

Architect Social Network said...

Pretty indeed! Do art and architecture need more impulse than that?

quintessence said...

Firstly - a belated happy birthday!! And i of course totally agree - how can an infusion of beauty ever be wrong??!!

Janet said...

You never need a reason to show me pretty! Happy belated. I am thinking up something pretty to celebrate. . .