This is a rare treat for me, and I pray for you as well. This is an automaton made for Marie Antoinette around 1780, it is made from her clothing and hair. The beautiful automaton is named ”La Joueuse de Tympanon”, or “The Dulcimer Player”. She can play eight different songs by changing the disc beneath the costume. After the revolution, she was badly damaged, but repaired in the 1800’s and now resides in a museum in France.
Demonstration of Queen Marie Antoinette's Automaton playing one of eight melodies it can perform. David Roentgen (1743--1807) took his royal patron by surprise when he delivered this beautiful automaton to King Louis XVI for his queen, Marie Antoinette, in 1784.
This arm chair once belonged to Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette's monogram (MA) is engraved at the top of the chair. It is unknown which of Marie Antoinette's palaces this chair came from, though it greatly resembles those from Saint-Cloud. It is currently held at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Marie Antoinette, 1780s Marie Antoinette popularized the plain white linen dress in the 1780s. The dress was often worn with a decorative ribbon sash that cinched the waist and a hat, decorated with feathers, ribbons and other little pieces of extravagance. The trend spread through the French aristocracy like wildfire - even Antoinette's arch-rival, Madame du Barry, was painted in a similar pastoral costume. Unfortunately for Antoinette, this loose, informal dress was seen as…