Category Archives: Versailles Furniture

On the Inside of a Grand Piano

In the Renaissance Italy the insides of footlockers were often painted, and sometimes  those pictures were of nude women; perhaps this is why Titian’s Venus of Urbino has an open trunk in the background? Rumor had it that the XVII … Continue reading

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Another Furniture Lesson

Napoleon hated rococo furniture. He would flop his butt into one of those Louis XV-style chairs, pull out his pocket-knife and just carve away at the damned thing. What he wanted to see around was the Empire-style furniture — things … Continue reading

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A Mystery to Behold at Chateau Versailles

Yesterday Chateau Versailles inaugurated the exhibition Versailles and Antiquity. A little obscure? Sure. The name accommodates both the real antiques from the royal collection, as well as  some XVII and XVIII century objects inspired by antiquity. The most mysterious of them … Continue reading

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You Better Sit Down…

Those of you who have already visited the Little Trianon probably remember these. For sure, they are remarkable. Carved out of one solid piece of oak, this chair could carry the weight of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in every conceivable … 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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Looking Under the Skirt of Marie-Antoinette

In 1772 Peter Kintzing, a watch-maker, David Roentgen, a furniture maker, plus 24 other artisans, created this automaton whose features strikingly resemble those of Marie-Antoinette. The rumor has it that the hair on the doll is that of the queen, … Continue reading

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No Flush XVIII Century Toilet

The thing that American servicemen miss during their deployments to the Middle East is porcelain.  Eight or ten months at some Forward Opperation Base make them positively nostalgic about the indoor plumbing. It is not nearly as satisfying to sit … Continue reading

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