Paris Vendome Small - Building Version 1.1

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Parisian building, reproduced from Place Vendôme (Louis Vuitt*n store).
With 3 floors, a staircase, curtains on the first floor.
You can arrange your spaces, and modify the construction if necessary.

VERSION SMALL
Size : 14x19

(If you want me to reproduce for you, Place Vendôme in your region, I can do so, contact me privately for the price.)

Place Vendôme is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France, located to the north of the Tuileries Gardens and east of the Église de la Madeleine. It is the starting point of the rue de la Paix. Its regular architecture by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and pedimented screens canted across the corners give the rectangular place Vendôme the aspect of an octagon. The original Vendôme Column at the centre of the square was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz; it was torn down on 16 May 1871, by decree of the Paris Commune, but subsequently re-erected and remains a prominent feature on the square today.

In rue de la Paix and Place Vendôme, the biggest jewellers have magnificent boutiques veritable jewel cases for their creations. Place Vendôme, the luxury high-end Swiss brand owns its elegant boutique, decorated in understated luxury and LouisV its boutique and jewellery workshop.

Last autumn, the luxury French brand opened a high-end jewellery workshop above its boutique. Every year, it presents two collections (linked to the haute couture calendar) exclusively with precious stones and unique pieces of jewellery.

Other outstanding brands Joaillerie, each have their own boutique. And the watch...

It is not only the prestigious brands that draw the visitors here, but also the unbounded creativity of the jewellers, artists in their own right. In their hands, precious metals and gems take on new forms: arabesques, flowers, aquatic plants, animals, lacework and sculpture. Elegant, modern, unusual shapes emerge from their imagination, enabling everyone to find that precious ornament to suit their personality and enhance their looks.

Leading jewellers and new designers can meet at busy trade fairs, authentic window displays for the profession.

The general public can attend the “Jewellery Designer Days” to witness the source of their inspiration. The spirit and imagination of the latest stylists find expression in the most unexpected materials: plastic, glass, feathers, fabrics and metals of all kinds, not just precious ones. They demonstrate that Paris is, more than ever, a city that gives free rein to fantasy and extravagance.

New trends and the arrival of body piercing, mean that jewellery is present from top to toe, giving inventive minds the opportunity to explore new fields of expression. Indeed, those jewellery virtuosos have plenty more surprises up their sleeves!

The site of the square was formerly the hôtel of César de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme, the illegitimate son of Henry IV and his mistress Gabrielle d'Estrées. Hardouin-Mansart bought the building and its gardens, with the idea of converting it into building lots as a profitable speculation. The plan did not materialize, and Louis XIV's Minister of Finance, Louvois, purchased the piece of ground, with the object of building a square, modelled on the successful place des Vosges of the previous century. Louvois came into financial difficulties and nothing came of his project, either. After his death, the king purchased the plot and commissioned Hardouin-Mansart to design a housefront that the buyers of plots round the square would agree to adhere to. When the state finances ran low, the financier John Law took on the project, built himself a residence behind one of the façades, and the square was complete by 1720, just as his paper-money Mississippi bubble burst. Law suffered a major blow when he was forced to pay back taxes amounting to some tens of millions of dollars. With no way to pay such an amount, he was forced to sell the property he owned on the square. The buyers were members of the exiled Condé branch of the House of Bourbon who later returned to the country to reclaim their land in the town of Vendôme itself. Between 1720 and 1797, they acquired much of the square, including a freehold to parts of the site on which the Hôtel Ritz Paris now stands and in which they still maintain apartments...

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  • 3 floors
  • Stairs
  • Real construction
  • Paris
  • Place Vendôme

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