Louis XV Study
by Harry W. Smith
The Louis XV Study is an exact miniature of his Study in Versailles. The walls of the room have 3200 individually hand carved and gilded wood ornamentations. The parquet floor is made of 2300 pieces laid in opposing directions to reflect the light. The candle lights flicker by a mini computer board in the room box. The cylinder desk has 2500 inlays of 37 species of wood and hundreds of gilded carvings. The large carvings on either side are of the Gods Apollo and Calliope holding candles.
Louis XV Study - 24” wide overall - 3200 gilded carvings on walls, parquet floor. Matching Garniture sit on the mantle. The clock on the mantle keeps time. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV Study - Window overlooking miniature orangerie. Outside lighting dims to show room lit by flickering candles. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV Study - View of room box in the museum showing all of the candles lit and the hidden lighting in the cornice. A tiny hidden spotlight lights the desk. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV Cylinder Desk - 6” wide overall with 2300 inlaid pieces cut from 37 species of wood. There are hundreds of glided boxwood carvings. The four scrolled legs are adorned with lion skins. There is a key in the lock. - Scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV Cylinder Desk - Interior showing the leather writing surface & drawers. The glided vertical figures hide hidden drawers. The most challenging inlays are on the compound curved upper sides of the desk.
Louis XV Cylinder Desk - The tambour slats are glued to a canvas backing and then inlaid with hundreds of pieces of wood. The colors are obtained by using many different species.
Louis XV Cylinder Desk The porcelains on either side are of the Three Graces. Inlays on the curved sides represent the army and navy. All carvings are gilded boxwood.
Louis XV Cylinder Desk (back) - The marquetry shown represent Astronomy and Mathematics. The center carving depicts spirits of the arts holding the head of Minerva.
Desk Clock detail - The desk clock is adorned by two putti carved in boxwood then gilded. Mahogany with Satinwood inlays make the pierced rail around the desk. - Scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Torchiere with electrified candleabrum - The torchiere is carved from a single piece of boxwood then gilded. The six flickering candles are electrified by wires running through the carving then under the floor to the compute in the back of the room box.
Louis XV Chandelier - 300 Swarovski crystals were hand drilled and strung on 40 gauge nickel silver wire onto the gold cast chandelier frame. 12 wires run from the flickering candle bulbs, through the gold cord to the computer in the back of the room box. 1”= 1’- 0”
Louis XV Chandelier - Showing the hand carved medallion on the ceiling. The cord and tassel hide 24 wire to the lights. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV Study Carving - Detail of the upper right corner of the large mirror over the mantle. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV Wall Medallion - One of 7 hand carved and gilded medallions in the center of each wall panel. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV Wall Medallion Detail - View through a microscope of one of the two putti carved on each of the center medallions. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV wall panel detail - Stages showing the steps in carving one of the seven tops of the wall panels. Left, rough - center, finished carving - right, gilded. - scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
Louis XV window wall - Here Harry is fitting the carved and gilded domed top of the window into the wall. This is carved from a single piece of wood then gilded.
Louis XV Desk Legs - Shown are four of the many stages in carving the legs to the desk.
scale: 1” = 1’ - 0”
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