by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, 1775
By my estimation, this was painted around the time Marie Antoinette was in her high-flying, giddy, gambling state. Girls just wanna have fun. It's one of my favorites of her.
These delicious looking morsels are gambling purses. Don't they just scream, "Play Time!"
Twice in the last month, I've included a still from the Sofia Coppola movie "Marie Antoinette: The Journey", based on the non-fiction Antonia Fraser book. I've listened to the audio book more than a dozen times, surely, on my headphones, walking in Texas. The British reader, Donada Peters', voice calms me. Occasionally, I use it to conquer insomnia. I don't know that I've seen the movie all the way through. It bothers me more than it should when a historical fact is incorrect or twisted in a movie. I want to know that every single detail is accurate down to what they ate for dinner and who sat next to whom. I don't like historical fiction in book or movie form. But, it's a pretty movie and the sets and clothing are authentic. It was filmed, in part, at least, at Versailles.
Gaming tables elsewhere at Fontainebleau