Three weeks ago I mentioned I'd purchased a 19th-century Spanish chest, which required rearranging two rooms of furniture to accommodate it in our small Paris apartment. I first spotted this chest at a brocante in Chatou last September. The chest spent October and November with a Paris ebeniste for restoration work.
The chest in its present less-than-ideal location, blocking part of the sliding glass doors leading to the balcony and a foot away from a radiator. The green velvet piece from the first photo has been replaced with tan leather, as befitting its Spanish heritage. The bronze and steel Spanish sculpture on top of the chest is a miniature replica of the sculpture series shown in a June 11th post (photo below). Despite its small size, the piece is so heavy, I had to pay excess baggage when bringing it from Sevilla to Paris.
Les Menines, three bronze and steel sculptures by Spanish artist Manolo Valdes are part of a 2005 series of 21 sculptures representing l'enfante Margarita, the daughter of Queen Mariana of Spain. Valdes's sculptures were inspired by the Spanish painter Velasquez's celebrity portraits on permanent display in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. An exhibition of Velasquez's work is currently at the National Gallery, London.