My how travel mode has changed...
Travelling in the time of Marie Antoinette, often required stopping along the way to rest and recover from the bumpy movement of the horse drawn carriage.
The views must have been spectacular...
Not to mention all that needed to be packed. Often a trip that may take a couple of hours today, would have taken days, weeks even months (sometimes years) back then. Imagine each time you decided to take a trip, needing to have a travelling chest like this to hold all your travelling "necessities".
|Image credit Queen Marie Antoinette's travelling chest, 18th century|
Shorter journeys may of only required...
Open view of MA's necessity travelling truck, circa 1787-1789. The big rectangular chest in veined mahogany with the corners and hinges in gilded brass, contained:
a dressing set
a sewing kit
glasses and bottles in cut crystal
Pair of coffee cups
pair of glasses
Onguent box (medicinal healing salve)
Travel Tea Set, similar to the one used by MA, can be purchased in the Versailles gift boutique. But beware it could set you back a Queen's ransom in Euros.
On my 2010 trip to Paris with the Mr. we spent half a day at Versailles (not enough time, to see all the beauty it has to offer).. But Mon Amis do not worry, we were there with enough time for me to discover the boutique and return home with this:
Porcelain monogrammed "M A" Teacup...
It resides on my night stand for those times that just a petite cup of tea is required (especially just before going to bed, while enjoying a good book.) I think I may need to add some art work to that wall (amazing what you notice when you see an area in photos).
Yes, this Marie Antoinette inspired phone really works
and I do use it.
I know back to the teacup! The "M A" monogram is surrounded by a garland of small flowers and roses. Produced by Manufacture de la Reine, located on Rue Thiroux in Paris.
Notice how the teacup sits right in the saucer, perfect for holding that evening tea biscuit - or spillage from moving about while sitting in bed trying to read.
The saucer is equally spectacular, with the "M A" monogram and garland of small roses and flowers.
Still working on the bottom of teacup photos.
Did you notice the picture frame of the photo of moi and mon Cheri, also has a garland adorned with flowers and roses...
Thank you for joining me today ...
Hop to see you at the BlogHomes of these fabulous hostesses, who are also hosting afternoon tea...
Tea Time Tuesday ~ with Sandi