Looking Under the Skirt of Marie-Antoinette


In 1772 Peter Kintzing, a watch-maker, David Roentgen, a furniture maker, plus 24 other artisans, created this automaton whose features strikingly resemble those of Marie-Antoinette. The rumor has it that the hair on the doll is that of the queen, and its dress is a miniature replica of one of her dresses. The doll plays music of Christoph Wilbald Gluck, the queen’s favorite composer, and the intricate mechanism that allows the execution of eight pieces of music is located inside the tiny (45 cm) body; this is probably why there is one more unexpected feature of the android — to apply the key, we have to lift her skirt.

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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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