An occasional blog, beginning with this lion from Versailles. Lions were a favorite symbol for Louis XIV, and, it turns out, there are lions and other animals to be seen all over Paris. You just have to look.
Swans along the Seine below the quai d’Orléans
Chinese ceramic vessel in the shape of a cat, 1756. Musée Cognacq-Jay
Chocolate baboon (life-sized) at the chocolatier Patrick Roger on the Boulevard Saint Germain
Marquetry parrot and butterfly on a Louis XIV-era cabinet (ca 1700, Louvre)
Another lion, at the Jardin du Luxembourg
Horse, Pont d’Iéna (1814)
Sleeping lion, Musée Jacquemart-André (built 1875)
Here’s another lion, from the Hotel de Ville (rebuilt 1871-1892)
Here are some snakes from the Grand Palais (1900):
2 thoughts on “Hidden Animals of Paris/Les animaux cachés à Paris”
There is a weeping stag above the door of a house in Versailles – majestic lions, sinister snakes, laughing boars! It is amazing how many animals one sees, once one starts noticing.
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