The Bourbon Dynasty: Louise de La Valliére: The Violet ( 1644-1710)

$ 750.00


Louise de la Valliére was the first official mistress of Louis XIV( or “mistresse en titre”). Their affair began when she was 17.  Louise was very kind and very pious.  The Abbé de Choise reported that Louise “had an exquisite complexion, blond hair, blue eyes, a sweet smile . . . [and] an expression [at] once tender and modest.”

Louise had five children by Louis XIV, of whom only the last two survived infancy.

She longed for a nunnery.

Her wish was finally granted and was admitted to a Carmelite convent in 1664. The day she left Versailles, she threw herself at the feet of the Queen, begging forgiveness: “My crimes were public, my repentance must be public, too.”




Lenticular is a technique where one image “flips” to another using finely calibrated stripes of lenses. Most peoples first contact with lenticulars is the “blinking eye” prize in a box of Cracker Jacks. All Bourbon lenticulars measure 8 inches by 10 inches.

They are made to order and come in editions of 10.

Framing is not included.