Saturday, December 13, 2008

Porn for 18th-century addicts.


La France au Temps des Libertins- This is probably the most gorgeous book i've ever seen. I got it a couple of years ago after seeing it in the window of an interior decorator's shop. A splendid book bursting with beautiful, inspiring imagery; a coffeetable-book entirely dedicated to the pleasures of the 18th century. Here we see beautifully set tables, salons, grottos, lush parks and landscapes; works of art by Boucher, Lawreince, Lancret among others, beautiful objects and artefacts. It's written by Jacqueline Queneau and Jean-Yves Patte with photographs by Alexandre Bailhache and styling by Caroline Lebeau - who also was culinary stylist in the magnificent film "Vatel" by Roland Joffé from 2000. It came out in 2001 at the french publisher of so many pretty books: Éditions du Chêne, i can't believe it was out for more than five years before i found out about it! -It also has a little surpise "carnet secret" in the back with some actual 18th-century porn.

4 comments:

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Hi Tutta,
I've never seen this book before. Will add it to my list. I just sent someone a comment last week where I mentioned Alexandre Bailhache. Yet another strange coincidence! Hope you're enjoying the holiday season.
Catherine

My Castle in Spain said...

i found you via Catherine above and i must say your "petit Trianon" is very charming !
i especially like the 18th century "fanatic" trait...

vicki archer said...

This book looks like something I would love, thank you for the tip, xv.

Paris Atelier said...

I just found your beautiful blog (also through Catherine, above) and I am beyond THRILLED! I love it I can't wait to read more of your posts!!! Thank you for the eye candy!
Judith~