The 19th-century l'oeil du boeuf window leaning against the wall at our apartment is from the Trianon Palace Hotel at Versailles. It has witnessed much history, including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. Guests during the Trianon Palace Hotel's illustrious history have included Marlène Dietrich, J.D. Rockefeller, Paul Getty, Charles de Gaulle, Jacques Brel, Prince Aga Khan, Queen Elizabeth II and King Hussein of Jordan.
Recently, the Trianon Palace Hotel was renovated, with most of its original furnishings sold at auction on June 2-3, 2007. The windows were replaced, due to their inefficiency in keeping drafts of cool air from entering the rooms. One of the artisans working on the renovation knew my friend Gabrielle and offered two of these historic windows for sale.
Now the window is awaiting the day when it can become part of our home, either as an actual window or with the glass replaced by mirrors. I will take it to a local restorer, who will touch up the paint and make sympathetic "adjustments" to return it as closely as possible to its original glory.