Category Archives: Chateau Versailles Furniture

Was the Sun King Afraid of Water?

“Essa puta me va a matar!” Marie-Thérèse of Austria, being a quintessential Latino woman, treated the issue with an unusual for Versailles directness. Madame de Montespan commanded a whole wing of the palace — the space shared by all the … Continue reading

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Baroque Neck

Alexander did have a crooked neck. Louis XIV did not. But when you see a teenage girl smile for a photograph, tilting her head slightly to the right or to the left, consider this as a reference to the past … Continue reading

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In the Bedroom of a Princess

The princesses’ apartments are finally ready! Millions were waiting! Tourists from all over the world are crowding in. There is the Polish bed in the Transitional Style of 1770’s. See how it goes with its side against the wall. The … Continue reading

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Your Hat!

Unlike today, in the past anyone could come to Versailles, no admission fee required. Everyone…, close to everyone…, everyone, except for the monks and the beggars; yes, even the pickpockets and prostitutes were welcome, provided they were discrete. For a … Continue reading

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Carousel

In a couple of days we shall have a rare opportunity to see a simulation of the famous Royal Carousel. What is carousel? The shopping mall underneath the Louvre! Not only that, but carousels replaced the Renaissance tournaments; and the … Continue reading

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Someone’s Been Sleeping in My Bed!

There is not enough furniture for every palace; and Chateau Versailles is a priority; if a provincial museum has any of our stuff, they have to fork it over! As far as the furniture that you see here today, we … Continue reading

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The Invisible Hands

We are in the kitchen of Le Petit Trianon. This is where they cook Her Majesty’s food. I don’t know if you can see the marks on the cieling above the kitchen table, but there used to be a hole … Continue reading

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To Winckelmann!

When considering Art History we often forget that at the foundation of this edifice is a joke or a prank and a forgery. It could very well be that laughter, or at least some queer smile is  an artist’s duty … Continue reading

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Versailles-Renaissance Furniture

Did you know that Avenue de l’Opera used to be called the clitoris of Paris? A venerable tradition! Casanova is very clear on this point: Opera was the place to meet women, particularly the beautiful and easy ones. You did … Continue reading

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Socrates And Aspasia At Chateau Versailles

“For three harlots all of Greece is set ablaze,” writes Aristophanes. He also mentions that two of those harlots are from the house of Aspasia. Aspasia! to whom Socrates would defer on the issues of matchmaking and the setting of … Continue reading

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