Versailles As a Pyramid

P9029582 (FILEminimizer)This fountain is called Pyramid; and it represents cornucopia, or to cut the symbolism, the apotheosis of a meal, usually the dessert. I had already mentioned the pyramids of fruit, one of them so famously dropped in the presence of Madame de Sévigné; but other food pyramids decorated no less ostentatiously the middle of the groaning table. At the royal table fruit was available all year around, which was a sign of opulence; other exotic items could have a similar function, and I imagine that to signify opulence, not all of them had to be of a superior taste. The idea of taste was climbing the abstraction ladder, moving farther and farther away from the watering mouth.

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