Friday, August 21, 2009

Chair #233

—Designer unknown

Hey, five legs are better than four, right? Curvy Cabriole legs and soft velvet upholstery make this a lovely chair.

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Versaille, 1700s. Poor Louis. Being the great grandson of Louis XIV, the Sun King, was a hard act to follow. The King of France, Louis XV, was intelligent but thought to be morally bankrupt, inept at ruling, and a failure at foreign policy. Ouch. In spite of all that he was still named "the Beloved" king. Passionately interested in science and botany, he enriched the gardens of the Château and commissioned the building of the Petit Trianon palace for his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. Oh those naughty French and their mistresses.

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