Vatel The splendour of the table under Louis XIV
François Vatel, maître d'hôtel and confidant of the powerful, organised the most beautiful and sumptuous parties for the court of King Louis XIV. That of Vaux-le-Vicomte, on 17 August 1661, was of such grandeur that it precipitated the fall of Nicolas Fouquet. In April 1671, while in the service of the Prince of Condé, Vatel organised the reception of King Louis XIV and his court at the Château de Chantilly. Nearly two thousand people had to be housed, fed and entertained, with a purely political aim: to restore the royal confidence of the Prince of Condé. Vatel, whom legend has it that was sometimes a cook and even the inventor of whipped cream, devoted his life to this theatre of political celebrations.
On the 350th anniversary of François Vatel's death, this book takes us on a journey of discovery of the man and his myth, of parties and receptions at the time of Louis XIV, of the birth of the art of the table and of French service.
112 pages / 50 illustrations
Domaine de Chantilly / In Fine éditions d'art
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- 19,6 x 27,1 x 1,4 cm
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- Garnier-Pelle Nicole