Trip to the Hameau

Cute gold & pearl flower basket brooch, France circa 1890

The "Hameau de la Reine" was Marie Antoinette's retreat in the palace gardens of Versailles. When she wanted to escape the strict court etiquette and spend undisturbed hours of unconstrained freedom, she disappeared with some confidants into this hidden replica of a French peasant village. A mill, a dairy, a fisherman's house, etc. gather around a small lake to this day and appear as if they were created for a simple country life. In fact, however, all the buildings surprise with luxurious furnishings such as boudoirs and billiard rooms... In spite of all the luxury: in the Rococo period and even in the following generations, country life was a dreamland, a counter-world which was seen as a better life than that of one's own time. It was not commerce, power and intrigue that were to determine life here, but harmony with nature, simplicity and harmonious coexistence. An illusion? Perhaps. But even we today are not completely free of this beautiful illusion, if we are honest... This brooch reminds us of this dreamland of simple living. We see a basket of woven gold overflowing with vines, leaves and grapes. The grapes are formed of pearls, the leaves and the basket of yellow gold, and the vines and the stick of the brooch of reddish gold. Thus the brooch shimmers in a warm, summery light - just as if a day at the Hameau would never end. The hallmarking on the brooch proves that it was made in France. The shape and workmanship date it to around 1890, and we discovered it in Berlin.

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