|Box Construction - C. Andrako 2010 - 15 x 91/4 x 5|
An advertisement for chocolates, circa 1900, was the inspiration for this work which is one of two chocolate boxes I've made.
The ribbons are untied and the lid with attached frame removed.
Chocolate selections create an ever-changing vitrine display.
When my chocolate supply is finished I fill it with these "chocolates". Recognize them? I thought they were chocolates when I was a child. I loved seeing them in the hardware store.
|The Marquise de Sevigne'. The Hotel Carnavelet|
in Paris - a museum not to be missed - was her home.
Madame de Sevigne', the charming and brilliant 17th century aristocrat, whose letters to her daughter over a thirty year period reveal an entire era, was by no means a chocolatier. She had no say in this enterprise, no more so than Madame de Pompadour did with the bottles of cherries soaked in brandy that bear her name.
|Edmond Rostand in the official uniform of the Academie Francaise.|
It was the poet and dramatist, Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac, who declared a box of chocolates he received from a chocolatier's daughter to be "A La Marquise de Sevigne" and the moniker took. One of his plays was being performed at the Pavillion Sevigne at the Casino de Vichy at the time.
Photos (c) C. Andrako 2011 All Rights Reserved
Sevigne', letters, Rostand via Wiki