Things of wood I have seen #4: 15th century french coffers from the Musee de Cluny - Paris

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Blog entry by mtkate posted 02-22-2010 12:31 AM 6171 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oak coffers that have survived the ages always impress me. In addition – the carvings are inspired. They are all french (though one I believe is from Flanders).
Disclaimer on the photography: You are not allowed to use flash in the museum (though there seem to be many bozos who ignore the rules and do it anyway). The rooms are dark due to the tapestries… so I had to use the highest ISOs I could and count on props and non-shaky hands… and for the tourists not to get in as ghosts. Positioning was not always optimal due to available prop locations.



Hope you enjoyed a peak at these. If you are into Medieval anything – this is a Mecca. This museum houses La Dame et La Licorne. I did not want to leave the sitting room.


For those of you who like that tapestry, here are some pics from one of the tableaux. The lighting is EXTREMELY low in that room. I was amazed they came out so well.

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 12:40 AM

great pictures ,

it’s amazing what people could do before
t.v. came along !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 12:45 AM

TV? Good pictures.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 03:36 AM

These are fabulous pieces. I used to live near the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and always was amazed at what lasted for centuries. Neat tapestry too. Is that a horse or a unicorn?

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 06:31 PM

Holy schmoley. Those are gorgeous.

France was totally wasted on me when I went. I was 24 and disliked history, and didn’t care about churches, and decided that the coolest thing was the catacombs. DEAD PEOPLE?! AWESOME!

What a brat I was. When I go back, I’m doing it right.

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 07:05 PM

Jack – it’s a unicorn. This is a very famous set of six tapestries – mainly because it’s so old and large and has survived the turmoil of the ages. Totally breathtaking in person. I never understood the fuss until I saw it live. Here is a great link to explore them:

Lisa – kind of know what you mean. I went to France as a teenager. I think the thing that impressed us the most (in that day and age!) was the freedom for us to buy wine at lunch. LOL.

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