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From Marie Antoinette’s Garden: An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album


“So you like flowers?” Louis XVI said to his young queen. “Well, I have a bouquet for you-the Petit Trianon.”

If you are anything like me, just the mere mention of the Petit Trianon will have piqued your interest. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to recommend this tremendous new tome by historian and perfume specialist Elisabeth de Feydeau (she’s a professor at the Versailles School of Perfumers and cultural adviser to France’s great perfume houses). It’s a comprehensive and fully immersive treatment on Antoinette’s passion for gardening, flowers, plants, and trees—a virtual stroll through what could be considered the most fascinating gardens of the 18th century, including eighty-three of the most exquisite botanical illustrations by the botanist and court painter, Pierre Joseph Redoute. Let’s just say this is an exceedingly enjoyable read, and the perfect couch-side book that’ll have you thoroughly transported to Antoinette’s most dreamy and idyllic worlds.

Pierre Joseph Redoute

Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute

Secure your copy from Amazon here – From Marie Antoinette’s Garden: An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album.

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  1. CD says:

    Iris Germanica!

    I think this book would be an absolute must-have for anyone who will dare to wear Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2014 floral trousers or smoking jackets. Or for someone who would like to revisit the Petit Trianon through the lenses of Pierre-Joseph Redoute and Professor Elisabeth de Feydeau.

    What music of Sofia Coppola’s soundtrack of Marie Antoinette would be ideal in the background while leafing through the pages of this exquisite horticultural album? Ones by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Scarlatti and Vivaldi? Or The Cure and New Order? Would it be too decadent, transgender and transgressive if I apply Jasmine Rouge or Violet Blonde of Tom Ford during this experience?


  2. Alexx says:

    Flowers, Marie Antoinette and Petit Trianon: The best combination. I love this album.



  3. George Cruz says:

    For me, ‘From Marie Antoinette’s Garden’ is a must have! Once again, the WIJW blog comes through to bring us the best of the best! Thank you, James!

  4. Regina says:

    Love the chapter on THE CARNATION…touching, elegant and historic little flower so abandoned now but once used exclusively by the chicest of all. I remember the beautiful table arrangements of Red Carnations for the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Gala when the Balenciaga exhibit premiered in NYC. I felt happy seeing them honored for their Beauty! I grow antique scented varieties yearly and the blooms are still budding as I write.

    Perhaps a pair of gloves are in order…scented as in the 18thC manner!

  5. James Andrew says:

    My Dear CD,

    I am certainly all about full sensory experiences and had many similar thoughts to you about this terrific tome!

    Cheers and Many Thanks


  6. James Andrew says:

    Dear Alexandre,

    This is a book you would most certainly enjoy!!!

    I am anxious to hear about all of your Petit Trianon fantasies!



  7. James Andrew says:

    Dear George,

    This is a book I am certain you would savour- it reads almost like a novel.

    Filled with fascinating tidbits!




  8. James Andrew says:

    Darling Regina,

    I am so thrilled to hear that you adore carnations as much as I do!!!

    My mentor Albert Hadley would fill vases with masses of multi-colored carnations – the smell was just intoxicating!

    How wonderful it would be to have a whiff of your antique scented carnations.

    Also – when I can find rather large blooms – I will sport one in my lapel.

    Lorenzo Viiloresi’s Garofano has a hint of carnation- just sublime.



  9. La Contessa says:

    Thank You for sharing.I most certainly would enjoy reading this book!France is calling and I must scoot over but first stop is VENICE, because I will need a good coffee after the crossing!Counting the days………..cannot come fast enough!

  10. James Andrew says:

    My Darling La Contessa,

    Oh how I adore Venice- such a magical city – it is a dream! I am quite overdue for a visit.

    France is always good for re-training the eye – as Bill Cunningham would say. I can’t wait to visit Le Petit Trianon with a bit more knowledge – Thanks to this fab new book.



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