Monday, August 2, 2021

The Royal Dairy at Rambouillet

Like Marie-Antoinette's farm at Trianon, experiments in agriculture were a big part of the project. From Apollo:

The temporary return of porcelain and furniture to the dairy is the centrepiece of an exhibition (until 9 August) that has also inspired an essay collection edited by Gabriel Wick and Renaud Serrette. Vivre à l’antique is a series of sumptuously illustrated short essays by leading scholars that provide different contexts for understanding the laiterie de la reine. These range from the intellectual and ideological to the technical and the economic: Comte d’Angiviller, prime mover behind transforming the site, was determined to modernise the production of Sèvres and was deeply influenced by the Physiocrats’ teaching that agriculture was the foundation of public prosperity and happiness. Beyond its dairy, the estate at Rambouillet was a laboratory of experimental agronomy, with flocks of merino sheep, and botanical specimens sourced from around the globe thanks to the travels of André Michaux. (Read more.)


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