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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the First Floor of the Palace

1781

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's private retreat, was depicted by Claude Louis Châtelet in souvenir albums intended for the queen's royal guests. The present copy is believed to have been given to the queen's brother Emperor Joseph II in 1781. Châtelet's brilliant watercolors, interspersed with Mique's architectural plans, reminded recipients of the places where they were entertained, from the Chinese-style merry-go-round, the Grotto, and the Temple of Love to the "gem"-like Theater, where ballets and operas were performed.

Plate 5 | Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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  • Title: Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the First Floor of the Palace
  • Creator: Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique
  • Date Created: 1781
  • Type: Album
  • Rights: Image courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco — All rights reserved
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Collection Online
  • Medium: Watercolor, pen and ink; binding: stamped morocco leather with blue silk linings
  • Lender: Vartanian & Sons, New York, Vartanian & Sons, New York
  • Dimensions: 19 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (49.5 x 39 cm)
  • Culture: French

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