One of the ways to approach this piece of furniture is to see it in the context of its setting: a small octagonal building with eight glass doors overlooking a small pond; on the inside — cherubs floating in the clouds of the ceiling; the arabesque wall decorations… This is a unique structure in the Domain of Marie-Antoinette. Here the Queen would amuse herself and entertain her guests. And a chair from this Pavillon Belvedere is a rare survivor of the shipwrecked monarchy and a stolid representative of the style Louis XVI.
In the hesitant patronage Louis XVI accorded to the artists, as well as in his person, we observe the fear of sharp angles, a desire for a transition: a desperate monarch is looking to ease himself into a more comfortable situation. We could even interpret the round seat out of the needs of Louis Augustus to compensate for his weak eyesight…. We may consider the long hours he had devoted in his studies to many hard and applied science, the readings by the candle light. We could finish the article by questioning his economic theories and attribute his many political debacles to a case of another, this time political…, myopia.