Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

One of France's grand museums, the Palace of Versailles, will be lending its renowned rare collections of Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV to Australia, as part of a display never seen outside France

The exhibition, which will run from 9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017, had been under discussion for several years.

The exhibition, which will run from 9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017, had been under discussion for several years.
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President of the Palace of Versailles, Catherine Pegard said it was the first time the items from the museum were travelling so far from France.

President of the Palace of Versailles, Catherine Pegard said it was the first time the items from the museum were travelling so far from France.
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And the entire 1.5-tonne statue of Latona and Her Children from one of the main fountains of Versailles outside Paris will also be part of the collection.

And the entire 1.5-tonne statue of Latona and Her Children from one of the main fountains of Versailles outside Paris will also be part of the collection. 
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The exhibition will also include personal items like Antoinette`s hand-crafted chair and harp.

The exhibition will also include personal items like Antoinette`s hand-crafted chair and harp.
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A formal portrait of Marie Antoinette will also be on display.

A formal portrait of Marie Antoinette will also be on display.
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Items making the long journey include a marble bust of Louis XIV.

Items making the long journey include a marble bust of Louis XIV.
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More than 130 paintings, tapestries, pieces of furniture, statues and other objects from Versailles will be put on display in the Australian capital Canberra.

More than 130 paintings, tapestries, pieces of furniture, statues and other objects from Versailles will be put on display in the Australian capital Canberra.
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Rare treasures from the Palace of Versailles to go on exhibition in Canberra.

Rare treasures from the Palace of Versailles to go on exhibition in Canberra. 
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