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Dancing was to express the person's individuality and social grace: just like in China where you could not be a poet without being a calligrapher; at Versailles you could not be a courtier without being a dancer.

Dancing was to express the person's individuality and social grace: just like in China where you could not be a poet without being a calligrapher; at Versailles you could not be a courtier without being a dancer.

In 1783 Louis XVI commissioned a dinner service for the palace of Versailles, including this wine bottle cooler. By the time the king was executed in 1793, less than half of the proposed 442 pieces had been completed by the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

In 1783 Louis XVI commissioned a dinner service for the palace of Versailles, including this wine bottle cooler. By the time the king was executed in 1793, less than half of the proposed 442 pieces had been completed by the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

FOUR SEVRES PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE MARIA THERESA SERVICE (ASSIETTES A GUIRLANDES) CIRCA 1758, INTERLACED LS, TWO WITH DATE LETTER E FOR 1757-8; given by Louis XV to Empress Marie Therese (Marie Antoinette's mother) in 1758.  One can see Madame de Pompadour's influence in the choice of pattern.

FOUR SEVRES PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE MARIA THERESA SERVICE (ASSIETTES A GUIRLANDES) CIRCA 1758, INTERLACED LS, TWO WITH DATE LETTER E FOR 1757-8; given by Louis XV to Empress Marie Therese (Marie Antoinette's mother) in 1758. One can see Madame de Pompadour's influence in the choice of pattern.

TWO SEVRES PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE SERVICE MADE FOR LOUIS XV AT THE CHATEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU (ASSIETTES UNIES) INTERLACED LS ENCLOSING DATE LETTER R FOR 1770, ONE PLATE WITH A PAINTERS MARK FOR SIOUX LAINE, THE OTHER WITH THE PAINTERS MARK FOR LEVE, ONE INCISED L, THE OTHER INCISED X.  Louis XV acquired these  in 1758 and had the set augmented in 1788.   Madame de Pompadour would have helped with the designing of the pattern.  Sold by Christies in 2012 for 37,500 USD.

TWO SEVRES PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE SERVICE MADE FOR LOUIS XV AT THE CHATEAU DE FONTAINEBLEAU (ASSIETTES UNIES) INTERLACED LS ENCLOSING DATE LETTER R FOR 1770, ONE PLATE WITH A PAINTERS MARK FOR SIOUX LAINE, THE OTHER WITH THE PAINTERS MARK FOR LEVE, ONE INCISED L, THE OTHER INCISED X. Louis XV acquired these in 1758 and had the set augmented in 1788. Madame de Pompadour would have helped with the designing of the pattern. Sold by Christies in 2012 for 37,500 USD.

Château de Versailles, salon de Diane, Jason et les Argonautes débarquant en Colchide, Charles de La Fosse - Argonautica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Château de Versailles, salon de Diane, Jason et les Argonautes débarquant en Colchide, Charles de La Fosse - Argonautica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

At Versailles princes of blood had rooms just big enough to fit an army bed; beginning at eight in the morning everyone was on stage.

At Versailles princes of blood had rooms just big enough to fit an army bed; beginning at eight in the morning everyone was on stage.

1783 - Marie Antoinette and her children often reside at Petit Trianon, Versailles’ “nature retreat,” only occasionally inviting the king.  Around this time, Marie Antoinette is rumored to have a romantic relationship with the Swedish diplomat and French army officer, Count Axel von Fersen. Meanwhile, on the birth of his son, Louis Josef, Louis XVI wrote, "Madame, you have fulfilled our wishes and those of France, you are the mother of Dauphin."

1783 - Marie Antoinette and her children often reside at Petit Trianon, Versailles’ “nature retreat,” only occasionally inviting the king. Around this time, Marie Antoinette is rumored to have a romantic relationship with the Swedish diplomat and French army officer, Count Axel von Fersen. Meanwhile, on the birth of his son, Louis Josef, Louis XVI wrote, "Madame, you have fulfilled our wishes and those of France, you are the mother of Dauphin."

Granddaughter of Theodore Agrippe d'Aubigne. Her secret marriage but everyone knew at Versailles, to Louis XIV. Hers is a real Cindarella story: Madame Maintenon was a baby-sitter not of the legitimate kids, but the bastards. This, as well as the fact that she was known to rally to their support, did not win her too many fans at the Court. Princess Palatine, whose only son had to marry one of the illegitimate daughters of the king, simply called Madame Maintenon the Mouse Crap.

Granddaughter of Theodore Agrippe d'Aubigne. Her secret marriage but everyone knew at Versailles, to Louis XIV. Hers is a real Cindarella story: Madame Maintenon was a baby-sitter not of the legitimate kids, but the bastards. This, as well as the fact that she was known to rally to their support, did not win her too many fans at the Court. Princess Palatine, whose only son had to marry one of the illegitimate daughters of the king, simply called Madame Maintenon the Mouse Crap.

Game room detail

Game room detail

The marriage of Louis XV's son was celebrated by a masked ball. Women flocked to Versailles, for after the death of Duchess of Chateauroux, Louis became available; furthermore, the information had been leaked that he would be dressed as a cypress tree cut into pyramid, sphere and cube; yet there were eight evergreens; and all those trees were scoring that night: some of the girls were taken to the royal bedroom; as for the King, he was in the gardens, chatting with the future Madame…

The marriage of Louis XV's son was celebrated by a masked ball. Women flocked to Versailles, for after the death of Duchess of Chateauroux, Louis became available; furthermore, the information had been leaked that he would be dressed as a cypress tree cut into pyramid, sphere and cube; yet there were eight evergreens; and all those trees were scoring that night: some of the girls were taken to the royal bedroom; as for the King, he was in the gardens, chatting with the future Madame…

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