That’s what my grandmother had on her bookshelf, seven marble elephants. They were arranged in a file, from the biggest, about 3 cm tall, to the smallest, about 2.5 cm. The white marble elephants with an occasional gray vein running across them, these were the only toys I had at my grandmother’s apartment. Why are we on this subject? It is not that my grandmother’s marble elephants were unique, but they were in a very good shape and they were almost mine: other families also had their elephants on bookshelves, and sometimes the elephant ears were chipped, a leg or a trunk broken; and sometimes I would see blue or rose veins running through them, and sometimes they were five or eight or nine elephants; and I don’t know where they all came from, probably China, in the numbers great enough to decorate thousands of bookshelves across the former Soviet Union. But this elephant invasion of my vast country must have been stopped in the late fifties: the Sino-Soviet relationship soured and there were no more marble elephants crossing the border. And so, little by little their population has declined. You may wonder why I am telling you this silly story, but I think it explains the interest I took in the Twelve Caesars Louis XIV had inherited from Cardinal Mazarin.
- "Cote Jardin" A Chair Style Louis XVI Agalmatophilia at Louvre and Chateau Versailles Alexander the Great and real lover. bearded women Cardinal Rohan Casanova Cemetery Pere Lachaise Chateau Versailles Costumes Of Different Professions At Chateau Versailles Count d'Artois Countess Du Barry and the style of Louis XVI Countess of Parabere Count Fersen Court of Poisons de Lamballe and Polignac Du Barry Bedroom Items Owned By Marie-Antoinette Duke of Orleans Duke of Orleans the Regent Duke Orleans Duke Saint-Simon etc Fouquet Harlequin and Louis XIV La Fayette and Marie-Antoinette Lauzun Le Brun Louison O'Murphy Louis XIV and La Comedie Italienne Louis XV Luis XIV Madame Maintenon and La Fausse Prude Madame Parabere Madam Sevigne Marie-Antoinette Marie-Antoinette's cyphered letters to Axel de Fersen Marie-Antoinette's Hair Marie-Antoinette and Du Barry Marie-Antoinette As the Frog-Queen Marie-Theres Nicole d'Olive Parc-aux-Cerfs Parysatis Pavillion du Belvédère of Richard Mique Plutarch political satire poor queen pornographic text Pornography As the New Ideology Princess Lamballe Princess Palatine Pyramides of Fruit at Chateau Versailles Pyramids of Fruit Queen Artemisia in the Battle of Salamis Regency Regent Duke d'Orleans Robertson Roxan Saint-Simon Samosa and Fidel Scaramouche and Louis XIV Sex Fantasies with Marie-Antoinette the Affair of the Queen's Necklace The Biscuits of Marie-Antoinette by Louis-Simon Boizot the Death of Regent Duke of Orleans the Domaine of Bagatelle the Excess of the French Revolution the Regent The Trianon Love Triangle: Marie-Antoinette versailles chateau versailles gardens Versailles Hair Victor Noir William R. Newton