Stuff of Dreams, n. 3: chocolatière

chocolate pot, manufacture des Terres de Bordes, France, late 18th century, part of an 11-piece ensemble that includes a tea pot, a coffee pot, 6 cups with saucers, and two plates 

Chocolate in 18th century was an exotic drink for aristocrats and wealthy bourgeois. Like its sisters, coffee and tea, and every food and drink in the 18th century, it had its own pot. In the court of Louis XV, it was considered an aphrodisiac. He liked it so much that he had a room specifically for making his own coffee and chocolate for himself and his friends in the Petits Appartements in Versailles.

Here’s a recipe for chocolate from Menon’s Les Soupers de la Cour ou l’Art de travailler toutes sortes d’aliments pour servir les meilleurs tables suivant les quatre saisons (1755):

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Rose of Versailles series to be re-released!

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From Anime News Network:

Udon Entertainment announced at its Comic Con International panel on Saturday that it has licensed Riyoko Ikeda‘s classic shojo manga Rose of Versailles.

The series will be released in two-in-one omnibus volumes to quicken the publishing schedule. The first volume is slated for the second quarter of 2016.

This will be the first official English release of the manga.”

In other words, the manga series that girls of many recent generations in Korea and Japan grew up with is being printed in English!

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Going, Going, Gone!

Here are some of the highlights from the recent Christie’s sale, “Taste of the Royal Court: Important French Furniture and Works of Art from a Private Collection,” which took place on 9 July 2015 in London.

a_louis_xv_ormolu-mounted_blue_and_gilt_vernis_martin_bureau_en_pente_d5917473hA bureau en pente with the most stunning and rare blue vernis martin. 

a_royal_louis_xvi_giltwood_fauteuil_en_bergere_by_francois_foliot_1780_d5917470hA giltwood fauteuil en bergère created for Marie-Antoinette for the salon of Pavillon du Belvédère at the Petit Trianon, sold for the very modest price of $2.7 million (about 5 times the estimated price)


A Chinese crackle-glazed celadon with French gilt bronze mount that belonged to Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen (1738-1822). Love, love, love these hybrid creatures..


And a table clock with calendar, moonphase, equation of time and terrestrial “sphère mouvante.” A dream come true for an aficionado of all things horological and astronomical, such as me!

Click here to learn more of these and other objects in the sale.