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A Pyramid For Serving Glaciers
The Pyramid / The Désert de Retz

When Thomas Jefferson visited the Désert de Retz, Diana Ketcham imagined him having “tea in the Chinese House, served from [M. de Monville's] collection of antique porcelain. If the day was hot, a servant may have rushed over from the Pyramid bearing ice for their drinks.”

In what could only have been done by a grand master of wit, this classic form, usually associated with hot and arid landscapes, was turned into a working icehouse, “packed every winter with ice carried down from the Alps by wagon.” Eminently decorative and functional, it was an Egyptian fantasy for serving glaciers.

Flickr: Le Désert de Retz
  • mark
  • September 28, 2007 at 4:09:00 PM CDT
  • Opulence at its finest. Great set of posts today, thanks for the updates.

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