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A unique study, linking social history with architecture and garden design, this is an intriguing and detailed account of the ornamental garden structures which were created for the French monarchy and royal circles from the late 1600s to the Revolution in 1789. These morceaux d'architecture, which we call pavilions, became a distinctive, highly accomplished art form appealing not only to royalty and members of the court circle, but also to the bourgeoisie. As well as complementing and enriching the gardens in which they were sited, these charming structures not only served as mises-en-scene for extravagant parties but also provided hideaways from the unremitting protocol which still governed at Versailles and among the aristocracy.
Eleanor DeLorme, in writing of the activities of the court and their use of pavilions, has incorporated much entertaining anecdotal material which highlights her subject matter and enlivens her narrative. The book sheds a different perspective and new light on a much misunderstood period and under-researched subject, while the author's scholarship is reflected in an extremely readable, generously illustrated text. Her book will therefore appeal to a wide and varied readership.
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Eleanor P. DeLorme is a specialist in the arts of France, having established the first undergraduate course at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in the History of the French Interior which she teaches at Wellesley and at the graduate programme of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York.From Library Journal:
The literature of the past few years has seen a growth of interest in the social aspects of landscape and garden architecture quite apart from its botanical and artistic ends. This current study, enlivened by anecdotes and personalities, offers a view of life outside the restrictions of the court: political, social, and amatory, in Arcadian villas and miniature farms, at outdoor concerts and open air banquets. Designed by the outstanding artisans of the time, these pavilions often influenced the style of more conventional buildings, and those few that remain are well worth preserving as a reminder of an elegant but doomed era. The work offers a look at Marie Antoinette at Versailles, Madame Du Barry at Louveciennes, as well as "Chinese" baths, "Egyptian" tombs, and the French role in the American Revolution?an interesting sidelight is the description of a structure built at West Point to celebrate the birth of the dauphin in 1781. Visually pleasing and elegantly written, the book should prove of interest to a wide variety of readers.?Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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Book Description ACC Art Books, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW COPY. 320pp. Illustrated throughout in b&w and with full colour photographs. Garden and pavilion plans. This is a new copy with new unclipped dj This is a heavy volume and at 2kg UK post and packing will be more than quoted by abe and export post and packing will be quite high. Seller Inventory # 6099
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