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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

a kennel fit for a queen's dog

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1971.
www.metmuseum.org. (OASC)
When you are the Queen of France, you can ask master furniture designers to whip up a tasteful dog kennel for you.  Claude SenĂ© (French, 1724-1792) did just that for Marie Antoinette, or rather one of her dogs, and here you see the resulting height of canine luxury circa 1775-80.  Velvet outside, striped silk inside, and designed in the Neoclassical style popular at the time (the carved Greek keys are a tipoff), it's the ancien regime take on today's designer purse + dog combo.
Only imagine what a cat would do to this lovely soft, scratchable surface.  I say this with love.

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