Bonhams – Press Release – December 3, 2008.
The Chateau de Fontainebleau outside Paris bought a fine Sevres plate from the `Marly Rouge’ dinner service made in 1809 for Napoleon I at Bonhams 3 December sale of fine European Ceramics.
With its successful £42,000 bid Fontainebleau secured a part of the French heritage and returned the plate to the palace for which it was made, the home of the Emperor Napoleon I. This almost legendary dinner service with a butterfly placed centrally, comprised 180 plates as well as shaped pieces. The set was delivered to Fontainebleau in October 1809 shortly before Napoleon I arrived for a month’s stay. The sharp-eyed will note that the French flag is hidden in the detailing of the butterfly wings.
The Independent – December 8, 2008.
Lagerfeld picked a Russian theme for his show last week, reflecting Chanel’s historic connection with Moscow – where sales of his luxurious clothes are booming. Carola Long reports from Paris.
Sparkling white Christmas trees might have been the closest thing to a Russian winter in the streets of Paris, but inside the city’s Théâtre Ranelagh last week, Karl Lagerfeld paid his own tribute to the theme. Mufflers with the double “C” logo and white snow-queen knitwear glittering with crystals as if flecked with snow and bathed in moonlight, created a decidedly Russian flight of fantasy.
Princess Stephanie posing the first stones for a Medical center in Madagascar (Photo : Nicolas Saussier, Nice Matin)
December 8, 2008 – By R&Co.
Since 2006, as a president of Fights Aids Monaco and UNAIDS special representative, Princess Stephanie of Monaco has lead many humanitarian actions in Madagascar.