Category Archives: Marie Leszczinska

Her Porcelain Court

This 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 … Continue reading

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Christmas and Versailles

There exists a painting showing the little Marie-Antoinette with her family on Christmas morning — the future Queen of France hops around the room with a big doll she had received as present. Unfortunately, Saint-Nicolas would not travel as far as … Continue reading

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Versailles Saint Louis Cathedral

This is our Saint-Louis Cathedral that Louis XV built for his Polish wife, Marie Leszczinska. The cathedral is dedicated to the pious Louis IX, canonized in 1297, although venerated as a saint already during his life time. The saintly king … Continue reading

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The Qeen’s Perspective

As one of the courtiers had commented, neither they avoided each other’s company; nor did they seek it. Like everyone else in the XVIII century Marie and Louis married young. Many at Versailles thought it to be an unequal match. … Continue reading

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Inside the Square of a Love Triangle

In 1737 Charles-André Van Loo paints this picture, Taking a Break During the Hunt; and apparently its subject matter is not hunting, so he tells us himself, but rather a break, or rather Louis XV’s liaison with the Nesle sisters. … Continue reading

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Axis Mundi

Louis XV married Marie Leszczinska in 1725 when he was only 15. She, on the other hand, was already 22, and very quickly the whole affair took on a rather peculiar dimension. Cardinal Flury had to exile one of the courtiers … Continue reading

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At the Wax Museum I thought of How Soft You Could Be….

I am back at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Marine. Only this time the museum is closed. The municipal library will open at two. And I am a little early. Ten minutes to be exact. But as I … Continue reading

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Versailles Taxi

Among the unexpected expenses on their Versailles Tour, Leopold Mozart lists les chaises-à-porteurs; these portable chairs, or rather the carried chairs, turned out to be unavoidable due to the inclement weather: walking from the hotel to the palace would simply ruin … Continue reading

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That Was One Hell of an Apparatus

Princess Palatine told us that Louis XIV would set himself a definite number of words to use for every occasion; let us say fourteen at breakfast, twenty at cards, sixty during the High Council, and so on. He was not … Continue reading

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A Kitchen Garden In the Park

Schopenhauer impaled our palate, esophagus and stomach onto his concept of desire. Deleuze would probably not stop there, but add to it an extension all the way to the large intestine. And at Chateau Versailles this would make perfect sense; after all, about what the kings ate and … Continue reading

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