Cars, sedan chairs, sleds with wonderful and strage shapes, the carriages collection of Versailles is one of the largest in Europe. Brought back together by King Louis-Philippe in 1831, when he transformed the royal castle museum dedicated "to all the glories of France", it is again accessible to the public.
True walking thrones, these carriages are total artworks made with an incredible wealth of detail by the best artists and artisans of the court: architects, carpenters, sculptors, painters, bronze workers, gilders, weavers, embroiderers, etc.
This book presents the most beautiful prototypes and the latest developments of the French body of elegance, comfort and technology and reviews the history of horse-drawn transport and on major events where these carriages are associated. Living testimony of the splendor of the court under the old regime, the Empire and the Restoration, each of them tells indeed a page in the history of France.
Author: Hélène Delalex
Coeditors: Artlys - château de Versailles
Number of pages: 72
Date of publication: mai 2011
Dimensions: 24 x 17 cm
Languages: french only