Place Vendôme again - some "details"...

I have already made a number of posts on the beautiful Place Vendôme, but maybe it’s worth having a closer look on some “details”?

The major architect of the place, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, was the grand-nephew of Jacques Mansart, who gave the name to the “mansard roofs”, here with a mixture of oval and rectangular windows.

The design of the street lamps is already worth some closer looks…. 

… as well as the differently decorated pediments.

There must be close to 200 mascarons, all different, illustrating fauns (or satyrs?). They were all created by a sculptor named Jean-Baptise Poulletier (1653-1719). Here are just a “few” examples.

The Place is of course today especially known for a number of luxury shops - with a dominance on jewelry - and for the recently renovated Hotel Ritz


martinealison said...

Bonjour cher Peter,

J'aime le souci du détail et ce petit billet m'apprend beaucoup... Une belle richesse.
Merci pour ce partage.

Gros bisous 🌺

rosienanjirowe said...

Beautiful photos
Sharp detail

Jean said...

I especially like the many mascarons--your photos show all the details. What is the story about these guys? Was it zthe fashion at the time to put them on buildings?
Thanks for another interesting post that will get me looking up next time.