Her Porcelain Court

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis gilded bronze clock, together with its zoomorphic orchestra, belonged to Madame de Pompadour. Judging from the expression of the conductor, the apes are in the middle of a rehearsal. Yet we can’t hear them. The clock has stopped. It was always a symbol of vanity. And we could quote Marie Leszczinska’s impression the day her rival died, “…as if she had never existed.”

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