Category Archives: Chateau Versailles Furniture

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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Musical Chair — II

One of the ways to approach this piece of furniture is to see it in the context of its setting: a small octagonal building with eight glass doors overlooking a small pond; on the inside — cherubs floating in the clouds … Continue reading

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When Out Of Toilet Paper (Learning From the Past)

There once was  the porter of the chair position at Chateau Versailles, but when I came to their Human Resources, nobody could advise me on the code or even department to put on my application; so, I couldn’t get the job. Perhaps … Continue reading

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The Right To A Stool

Traveling around France I often ask myself those kinds of questions, “Could the right to excrete be a fundamental human right?” No, I am not trying to start any kind of revolution, just looking for a bathroom. That’s all… that’s … Continue reading

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Thrones In Majesty

It seemed like a good idea, a perfect setting to gather all kinds of thrones from arround the world at Chateau Versailles. But from the moment I entered the Salon of Hercules, I found the whole thing greatly annoying. Obviously, they shouldn’t have … Continue reading

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