Thursday, March 12, 2009

ma bête favorite


my secret lion is perched high, shaded and half-hidden amidst a bountiful feast of ripened fruits...
he is sated and watches me lazily as I cross over to the riverbank...
as I venture to the other side across the Pont de Sully...
he was once so blackened that I never noticed him, but when they finally cleaned off the Hôtel de Fieubet, he appeared like a royal vision...
ever le roi de la jungle...

[Hôtel de Fieubet/Ecole Massillon...2, quai des Célestines...dates from the 16th century...acquired by Gaspard de Fieubet in 1676 (he was a chancellor of Queen Marie-Thérèse)...madly decorated by the Comte de la Valette after he bought it in 1858 (he published the Journal de l'Assemblée Nationale)...and subsequently occupied by l'école Massillon in 1877 to the present]

3 comments:

Adam said...

Madly decorated is the right expression! That must be quite heavy all that!

Peter said...

Encore une façade que j’ai ratée ! Super ! Merci pour tous les renseignements … et l’adresse ! :-)

Gina V said...

Je vous en prie, Peter...merci à vous pour le coup de coude!
[I am just a lazy island girl, unlike the prodigious and thorough researchers that you and Adam are!!

I haven't been inside the courtyard of the Hôtel de Fieubet yet, but old photos show it to be worth sneaking into...I am curious to see if it has remained the same!
The architect is attributed to Jules Hardouin-Mansart [1676-81]