Category Archives: Madame du Barry

Some Traces of DuBarry (Versailles and Paris).

The Louvre had recently opened a new department of XVII and XVIII century French furniture. One of the remarkable artifacts you can see there is this wax model of Madame Du Barry’s bed. I find it very late XVIII century … Continue reading

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Something for Christmas

This morning I went to Diptyque, the Versailles Diptyque, to buy myself something for Christmas — not an easy task! First I was looking at all their Christmas candles and naturally getting annoyed — the spirit of Christmas was evading … 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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The XVIII Century Master and Slave Dialectics

In 1769 Madame Du Barry received in her service a seven-year-old Punjabi boy sold to Duke Richelieu by an English captain. This boy, nick-named Zamor and re-christened as Louis-Benoît, played an important role in the life of the countess. As … Continue reading

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Park Désert de Retz Opens to Visitors

This is the place where the secret society of George Batailles, Acèphale, used to celebrate the day of decapitation of Louis XVI. The park was built on the eve of the French Revolution; it was visited and admired by both … Continue reading

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Where is Waldo?

…that is where is Louis XVI? …or Marie-Antoinette? They have to be somewhere around here, their bones shuffled and re-stacked with the bones of their subjects. Death is the ultimate democratic institution. Perhaps they are in the part of Catacombes behind … Continue reading

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Fetishism At the Little Trianon

Branded with the letters GR, which stand for Garde-Meuble de la Reine, this bed belongs to the Queen. But the small picture hanging above it is that of Jeanne Becu, Countess du Barry, and so gives away its original owner. Madame … Continue reading

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Death, the Final Frontier

When Louis XV was dying, and it became apparent that the king is not going to pull out, some of the courtiers loaded into their carriages and went to express their condolences to Madam Du Barry at Louveciennes. For years … Continue reading

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A Pin-Up, Not A Prostitute — Madame Du Barry, the Mistress of Louis XV.

At 7 am the place is empty, but, a creature of habit, I went around a satue-less pedestal to relieve myself. It was a matter of seconds for me to recognize that what I am urinating upon is not a … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI

In 1815 the Restoration hastily attempts to exhume the royal bodies out of the common grave at Madelaine cemetery. The search goes on for two days. Whom exactly do they find and have buried at Saint-Denis? The body of Marie-Antoinette is identified by gray silk … Continue reading

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