Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Marie-Antoinette's Chinese Pavilion

Once at Petit Trianon. Maxime de Rocheterie says of it:
In 1776, at a short distance from the palace, the Chinese pavilion was built, and beneath the pavilion a roundabout, which was moved by invisible mechanism hidden beneath the ground, and whose riders sat astride of dragons and peacocks, carved by Bocciardi.
According to Pierre de Nolhac:
Among the diversions of Trianon, mention must be made of the game of 'the Kings,' which had been set up by the Queen's directions on the lawn, sheltered by a Chinese pavilion, also billiards and loto; these Louis XVI. particularly liked. But everybody's chief pleasure was walking in that well-cared-for, widely-varied garden, whose beauties were analysed by Prince de Ligne with the skill of a connoisseur, and which suggested the poetic descriptions of the Chevalier Bertin in the 'Almanach des Muses.' The number of exotic trees, the 'surprises' in landscape effects to be met at every turn, the refinement of this contest with nature made foreigners who were admitted to see it understand the young Queen's love for her little domain, which she had so greatly embellished.
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1 comment:

Lorraine said...

I really do thing Marie Antoinette was "way before her time."
Love, Lorraine