This, madame, is Versailles.
—Marie Antoinette (2006)
Costumes designed by Michael O’Connor for The Duchess (2008).
A stool from the chamber of Marie Antoinette, or The Queen’s Chamber, at Versailles. Only courtiers with certain privileges would have been allowed to sit on these stools in the Queen’s presence.
image: (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Daniel Arnaudet
Different items related to/owned/worn by Marie Antoinette that have come up for auction.
They include shoes, fragments from dresses, a cotton sleeve from a dress worn during her imprisonment, a necklace made with pearls that are said to have belonged to her, and a silk purse embroidered while she was imprisoned.
Thomas and Martha were married on New Year’s Day, 1772, at the bride’s plantation home before setting out in a two-horse carriage for Monticello. They made the 100-mile trip in one of the worst snowstorms to hit Virginia. Eight miles from their destination, their carriage bogged down in 2–3 feet of snow; they had to proceed on horseback and rode the remaining distance over a rough mountian track. Arriving at Monticello late at night after the servants had banked the fires and retired, the couple settled in the freezing one-room, twenty-foot-square brick building, the “Honeymoon Cottage”. Thomas lit a fire in the fireplace to get some warmth and they toasted their new home with a leftover half-bottle of french wine hidden behind a shelf of books, and “song and merriment and laughter”.
sooooooo… I took A LOT of liberty and imagined my own version of this moment, and of this tiny cottage. Did they even have a sofa? or just.. pillows? hmm I don’t think so. XD *feel free to ignore this post. PLEASE IGNORE THIS POST!*
Hot chocolate, a drink that was extremely fashionable during the 18th century among the upper class.