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Marie Antoinette, whose marriage at fifteen made her queen of France before she was twenty, died under the blade of the guillotine in 1793. She has been romanticized as the martyred queen, admired as the personification of eighteenth-century French royal style, and vilified as the ...
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"Evocative photography and a wealth of detail make the book a visual treat."—Interior Design

Marie Antoinette, whose marriage at fifteen made her queen of France before she was twenty, died under the blade of the guillotine in 1793. She has been romanticized as the martyred queen, admired as the personification of eighteenth-century French royal style, and vilified as the Austrian whose frivolous extravagance and foreign sympathies fired the French Revolution.

This book turns aside from the official portraits and great historical events to rediscover the private places and objects that reflect Marie Antoinette's personality and reveal her more directly to our modern gaze. Beautifully photographed by François Halard, the rooms and buildings she inhabited are shown here in fascinating detail, from the distinctive fabrics and furnishings to the queen's favorite objects—an amber curiosity, a Chinese lacquer gift from her mother, a porcelain bowl. 123 illustrations, 108 in color.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500016909
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 109
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie-France Boyer is a freelance journalist and the Paris Editor of The World of Interiors magazine. François Halard contributes to many magazines, including The World of Interiors, Décoration Internationale, Vogue, and House & Garden.
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Table of Contents

Preface 18
Introduction 20
The Petits Appartements 26
The Petit Trianon 48
The Hameau 62
The Boudoir at Fontainebleau 78
The Laiterie at Rambouillet 92
Conclusion 106
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