Trianon Love Triangle, Marie-Antoinette, Polignac, de Lamballe


They are all that remains from the set of eight that the revolutionaries sold at a giant yard sale held by the Royal Stables in September 1793. The backs in the shape of lyres is a common late XVIII century motif; but these two are both marked with the letters C and T; where C stands for Crown, while T for Trianon. The set has been probably delivered to Marie-Antoinetee circa 1785. And it is logical to assume that the order was for one of her pavilions at the Little Trianon. Well. Two dilapidated pieces of furniture! Green. As if covered with patina of time…. Is there a story? No. But imagine that the game of musical chairs is coming to its end and the other players have been eliminated: Pin de La Tour, the duchesses Pécquigny and Saint-Mégrin, Madam Cossé and Campan; who is left? One has to be the Queen, for nobody has been rude enough to knock her out of the game; and the other two…, whom their craft or physical attributes made the very best players of them all…, they have to be Madam Polignac and de Lamballe. The music starts again, it plays faster, they are laughing, running, faster than the movement of the eyes, the hands, the lips, the… the music stops, and who is left standing? “Since the heart of the Queen is susceptible to the sentiments for which few sovereigns are known, we should be able to guess what to expect, and for this the case of Madame de Lamballe is a sad example.” Ah, this is Mercy-Argenteau with his Secret Memoirs again! And what is so secret about them when it is as obvious as the nose on a face? Hush-sh! The last round! The two women circle the single chair, their hair is flowing, the skirts are twirling. And who will sit in that last chair? Ah! What silliness! I need something to drink! It’s too hot for these games! Let us go down into the gardens. Chairs! Who cares about chairs?! After all, if we were to believe rumors, our girls never need more than one.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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