A grand Parisian ball.
A Paris letter-writer gives the following description of the last grand fete
at the Palais Royal
"The great event in the gay world of Paris
last week was the ball at the Palais Royal
on Saturday evening. The rooms of the Palais Royal
have not been open before since the death of the Prince Jerome, and the last ball given there was in 1855.
This was a splendid affair, about two thousand persons being present — among them most of the notabilities of the aristocracy and representatives of the wealth, art and literature of Paris
No uniforms were worn, the gentlemen appearing in habit de ville
and the ladies in grande toilette. The Emperor
and Empress came in at half-past 10, and remained till half-past 1. The Prince
and Princess Napoleon charmed all their guests, the latter particularly, by the simplicity and good taste which she exhibited by mingling with the various groups which gathered in the salons,
and the unaffected grace with which she received her guests.
"The Princess Clotilde were a profusion of white tulle,
bordered with clusters of acorns, whose gilt cups peeped out most bewitchingly among their green leaves, and accorded most becomingly with her tiara and necklace of huge emeralds, set in diamonds.
The waist and sleeves as well were profusely ornamented with these magnificent jewels.
"The Princess Mathilde wore also a white dress, with an exquisite border and trimming of ivy.
"The Empress, who came in leaning on the arm of the Prince Napoleon, seemed floating in a perfect cloud of emerald gauze, worn over a silk skirt striped with satin.
The general effect was strikingly beautiful.
This dark, simple dress being encircled with four rows of diamonds, and in front a perfect shower of these glistening gems extending from the corsage to the belt.
The necklace and diadem were also of diamonds, one of which, in the diadem, was nearly as large as a walnut.
Ladies will be interested in knowing that the neck was finished by a narrow tulle ruche,
and that bouquets at parties are not out of fashion, as they were carried, and huge ones, too, both by the Empress
and the Princess Clotilde.
looked very Websterian, in a dark blue dress coat, with gilt buttons, buff vest and black pantaloons.
The ball continued until 3 o'clock in the morning.
"Among the celebrities present at this magnificent fete
were the Prince
and Princess Metternich, Duke
and Duchess de Morny
and Duchess de Persigny
and Countess Walewski
, Baron Hausmann
and wife, all the dames de honeur,
chamberlains, lawyers and members of the household of the Tuileries and Palais Royal
, the Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Madame Drouyn
de l'huys, all the foreign ambassadors, including our Charge; Mr. Bigelow
and Mrs. Bigelow
; Marshal Magnan
and daughters, Duchess Coloma
and Madame Emile de Girandin
, Alexandre Dumas
(father and son), Victorian Sardon, the successful dramatic author; Emile Angier
, the dramatist; Mermet, composer of the new opera, Roland a Roncesvaux;
Gustave Dare, Adolphe Gueroult
, editor of the Opinione Nationale,
and many other men, distinguished in the world of literature, and art.
"In the musical world there was also a good deal of excitement last week.--The veteran maestro Rossini
, besides his usual receptions of Saturday, gives each year ten grand musical soirees.
The first of these was given on Friday evening last, and will long be remembered by those who had the good fortune to be present.
played two of his own compositions, and accompanied Alboni
, who sang the air of la Donna del Lago. Patti
— who is Rossini
's great favorite and pet — carried off the honors of the evening.
, Dellie Sedie, Agnesi and Scalese also participated in the 'solemnity.'"