Welcome to Chaumet – a belvedere (literally "beautiful view") named for Joseph Chaumet, "The Kings' Jeweler", creator of exquisite jewelry for the courts of Europe. Beneath the glass dome...a stained glass copy of Claude Monet's "Water Lilies."

In the European countryside, set in formal parks next to magnificent palaces, splendid summer houses and garden pavilions provided beautiful settings for lavish entertaining on a grand scale...or sometimes a place to simply take in the view in solitude. The echoes of intimate soirees and quiet reveries still linger between the mirrored floor and the breathtaking dome of Chaumet. The first set of photos shows Chaumet as finished by the artist and delivered to the owner.

The collector wished for a totally unique belvedere for 'La Comtesse', the elegant figure by James Carrington. This gracious patroness offers very special evenings of romantic diversion. Chaumet, with its "Water Lilies" in the domed ceiling, privately isolated in a corner of the garden, provides her guests with the mystique they desire. Below are additional photos showing Chaumet in its permanent home — furnished and dressed by the owner.

Construction is solid pine with a painted faux stone finish. The base is 15" in diameter, and the glass dome with finial reaches 22". Sold.

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