Rabel, Daniel (atributed to)

“Ballet of the fairies of the Woods of Saint-Germain”

Drawing           1625                           

France, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale   

A ballet danced by king Louis the 13th in the Louvre on 11/02/1625.

Ballet comique de la Reine, de Balthazar de Beaujoyeulx                                  

Print     1581                           

France, Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Opéra 

Print from the libretto of the ballet

King Louis XIV in ballet costume

Print, color       1660                                       

The king performed in this costume at a performance in Aix-en-Provence, in 1660

Casanova (drawing)     

A ball in the Royal Palace

Print     1886    23 x 22.7 cm               

Cover illustration, for the article “Le mariage de la princesse Amélie de France” (The marriage of Princess Amélie of France)

Scene from the opera-ballet “Le marriage de Pelée et de Thétis”, by Jacques Torelli

Print     1654                                       

Spectacle lasting four hours given in the Louvre for the young king Louis XIV, in 1654

Léandre (drawing)

Cleo de Merode and king Leopold of Belgium 

Print     1895

Le “bal des Polonais”

Print, woodcut  1673

France, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale

A ballet presented in 1673 for the ambassadors of Poland, who came in Paris to offer the crown to Henri d’Anjou, the future Henri III. Here, 16 nymphs execute a geometrical figure.          

France, Poland ballet, court      royalty 

Apollon – The king                                                       

Painting, watercolor      1654                                       

King Louis XIV as Apollo in the ballet “Les noces de Pelée et Thétis”, third entry

Final scene from “Le ballet de la délivrance de Renaud”. Grand ballet

Print     1617

France, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale

The “grand ballet final” is lead by the king (Louis XIII, then 16 years old)          

France  ballet, court      royalty 

Scene from “Le ballet de la délivrance de Renaud”. Armide among the demons in the form of snails, turtles and shrimps

Print     1617

France, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale

France  ballet, court royalty 4 siècles de ballet à Paris. Paris, Mairie du XXe arrondissement, 1985, pl. 28.  

Paul, Bruno     

King Leopold II with dancer Cléo de Mérode

King Leopold II avec la danseuse Cléo de Mérode

Print     1900    approximately

Belgium, France            music-hall         royalty             

Sembach, Klaus-Jürgen: Jugendstil. Köln, Taschen, 1996, p. 42

Celebration at the palace of Versailles for the princess of Navarre

Drawing, color 1745                                        

A ball given on 23/02/1745 in the palace, as well as in Paris for the people

Moreau, Jean-Michel II           

Wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Opening dance by the royal couple

Drawing, pen and brown wash  1770      23.5 x 27.5 cm

Germany, Berlin, Kunstbibliothek (SMPK, 1977, 59)

The wedding ceremony took place on 16/05/1770 followed by a dinner in the Opera House. In the next day a performance of the opera “Persée” was given there. On 19/05/1770 took place the depicted scene, where the young couple opens the dance.  

Berain (drawing); Pautre Le (engraving)

Court ballet presented to the King of France and the Princess of Conti in 1683

Print     1683   

A ball in the court of Henry IV

Painting, wood, lid of a cembalo, 1600 approximately


Academistes de Chiron. Costume worn by the king and by Lully in the ballet “Noces de Pélée et de Thétis”

Print, lithograph, color  1653     approximately

France  classical ballet   royalty

A ball by the duke of Anjou for his election to the throne of Poland

Bal du Duc d’Anjou, pour son élection au trône de Pologne

Print     1573

France, Poland court    royalty 

Goléa, Antoine: Histoire du ballet. Lausanne, Rencontre, 1967, p. 28.  

Moret, Frédéric

A ballet given by Catherine of Medicis for the king of Poland

Ballet donné par Catherine de Médicis au roi de Pologne

Print     1573

France, Poland court, ballet royalty Goléa, Antoine: Histoire du ballet. Lausanne, Rencontre, 1967, p. 28-29. m4 4

“Coral fishermen”. Sire the only brother of the King…

“Pescheurs de corail”. Monsieur frere unique du Roy…

Painting  1700  approximately

France, Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Institut

Costume for the ballet   France  court    royalty

Philippe (drawing)        

A ball offered to LL. MM. By the city of Bordeaux in the hall of the Grand Theatre on 11 October       

Print, wood, engraving 1859     32.5 x 49.2 cm

 A ball offered to their Imperial Majesties by the city of Bordeaux in the hall of the Grand Theater, on 11/10/1859.

Ballet danced by Marie-Antoinette at Schönbrunn        

Print, wood      1883    15.5 x 11.4 cm

Illustration from the book “La comédie à la Cour” by Adolphe Julien, published by Firmin-Didot, Paris. 

Cazabon (drawing)      

A ball given in Martinique on the occasion of the inauguration of the statue of Empress Josephine

Print, wood, engraving 1859     16 x 22.6 cm   

Strobant. (drawing)      

Celebrations on 24/09/1851 in Brussels – the ballroom

Fêtes du 24 Septembre à Bruxelles – La salle de bal

Print, wood  1851  32 x 28.5 cm         

 Belgium, Brussels          ballroom           royalty  L’Illustration, 0018. Paris, 1851, p. 216-217.    Original

Janet (drawing)

A ball at the Tuileries: the imperial quadrille

Print     1899    8.4 x 13 cm     

Greece, Athens, collection Alkis Raftis

Garnier, J. (painting)


Print, monochrome       1890    approximately   9.5 x 19.4 cm

Greece, Athens, collection Alkis Raftis             

France  pavane, court    royalty 

Morgues, Jacques Lemoyne de (drawing), Bry Théodore de (engraving)           

Solemn reception of the Queen by the King                                                      

Print, color       1591                           

France, Paris, Château de Vincennes, Bibliothèque du Service Historique de la Marine

Expedition of 1564 under Captain René de Laudonnière; engraving after the original watercolors by Jacob le Moyne (Jacques Lemoyne) who followed the expedition to Florida       U.S.A

Maurand, C. (drawing)

Costumed ball given by Her Majesty the Empress, on Monday 9 February – Ballet of the Bees

Bal costumé donné pas Sa Majesté l’Impératrice, le lundi 9 fevrier – Le ballet des abeilles

Print, wood      1863    31.5 x 48.5 cm

Maurand, C. (drawing)

Episode from a costumed ball given by Her Majesty the Empress (ballet of the bees, arrival of the hives)

Episode du bal costumé donné par S. M. l’Impératrice (ballet des abeilles, l’arrivée des ruches) 

Print, wood      1863    16 x 22.5 cm   

 Ball donné aux Tuilleries            France, Paris    ballroom           royalty  Le Monde Illustré, 0305. Paris, 14/02/1863, p. 97.

The royal bal in the Louvre       

Print     1620    approximately              

France, Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal

King Louis XIII dances with Anne of Austria, while Marie de Médicis witches in the background seated with her two daughters.

“Ballet royal de l’Impératrice”

Print     1661                           

France, Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal

Danced by His Majesty on 19/02/1661