Category Archives: Chateau Versailles Furniture

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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Versailles–Vegas

One more extraordinary piece of furniture at Chateau Versailles! This is the only surviving piece of furniture made for Louis XIV. Furthermore this is the ancestor of the dresser, the first radical breakaway from the world of foot-lockers. You can see that they … Continue reading

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Marie-Antoinette And Her Children

This is the second most famous picture of the Queen after Marie-Antoinette With the Rose. In spite of its apparent intimacy, or rather because of it, the picture is very political. The 1780’s are very political years in the life of the … Continue reading

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Off the King’s Desk

There is some very famous furniture at Chateau de Versailles; for example, the desk of Louis XV. With a single turn of the key it would lock all of its drawers. A hidden button revealed a number of secret compartments. … Continue reading

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