Cane and eroticism


The feasts in Versailles

the cane becomes richer

All the nobility wants to compete and becomes prodigal for the child cherished who became the Cane. Popelinière has one of them being worth more than 10.000 ecu of gold! The fashion baits itself, the women interfere with it, the Cane carves, covers silver or gold, crimped more or less invaluable stones, more or less large diamonds according to the fortune of its owner.

Versailles en 1668

Versailles in 1668

Feasts in Versailles are magical, dedicated to dazzle the world and to maintain the French nobility in the idleness, the root of all evil. We can easily imagine the guests: ambassadors, plenipotentiary ministers from many countries hiding in the groves or staying aside in reception rooms with loving hetaera.

A Versailles lover, Robin Emlin at the Rick Steves website depict the "Menus-Plaisirs," "a sort of ministry whose sole purpose was to oversee the entertainment of the king and court" and he adds that for the party of 1668 alone, "the Menus-Plaisirs spent a sum equal to about one third of Versailles' entire expenses for that year".

During this second half of the seventieth century, charms, conspirations, love filters and spells were in use. Mme de Montespan, to whom Louis XIV gave seven children made abundantly used it against the king together with her sadly well known friend and poisoner, Mme de Brinvilliers. After the disgrace of Mme de Montespan, the 10 of October 1683, Louis XIV secretly maried Madame de Maintenon, born françoise d'Aubigne, formerly the governess of the Dauphin for Mme de Montespan.

The cane, for itself, became a real jowel in that period. We can imagine it from the description made by Madame de Sevigne of the one that Madame de Maintenon lost whilst playing against the Dauphin. Madame de Sevigne wrote about that, in a letter dated 31 may 1680: The pommel was made of golden and ruby; the crown opens to let see the portrait of Madame the Dauphine.

Trois pommeaux créés par Mondon

Carving representing the three pommels of baroque canes created by Mondon the father. These pommels are a good example of the idea of luxury and symmetry. Kunstbibliothek, Berlin

Among the artists having created jewel canes, let's cite Mondon, designer, carver and jeweller, who created pommels in the style of Louis XIV, following the two rules, dear to Louis XIV, the symmetry and the brightness.

Embellished with gem embeded in golden volutes, the eyepieces are inlayed with gems matching the one in the pommels (opposite).


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