|Hubert Robert, Spring of the Bosquet des Muses at Marly. c. 1775 - 1780, oil on canvas. Château de Versailles|
The Château de Marly was one of the homes often visited by the court of Louis XV. The country home was splendid to say the least, a favorite destination and escape for Louis XIV. He had trees planted and water fountains installed in the gardens to his taste.
When in residence, all visitors wore formal court dress and later, Louis XV had created a style slightly different from that worn at Versailles known as the habit de cour de Marly.
|...what is that fellow on the far right doing?? Making a wish? tossing a coin? Perhaps he indulged himself a bit too much the evening before?|
In an attempt to thwart cheating at her tables, Marie Antoinette placed a ribbon rule on her table. Cheating players would often claim money they had in front of them had been placed for bet, if the cards happened in their favor.
To stop these cheating players from making such claims during the game, she had a ribbon tied around the table. The only money that would count as a bet was that which was placed far inside this ribbon. If the money sat outside the ribbon in front of a player it was not considered in game!