The Bourbon Dynasty:Mesdames de France: The Mean Girls

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Mesdames de France: The Mean Girls

Marie Adélaîde de France ( 1728-1800)

Victoire de France ( 1733-1799)

Sophie de France ( 1734-1782)

These three spinster daughters of Louis XV refused to marry any man who was less than a king. Such was their sense of rank that anything less than a crown would diminish their status in the world.

All three were accomplished in music, art and charitable acts only Adélaîde had any political ambitions( mostly to stay close to her father). They were all ferociously pious to the point of bigotry.

During the Revolution they left France because they were frightened and horrified by the new form of religion that was being imposed. In 1799 they moved to Corfu where Madame Victoire died of breast cancer. Adélaïde died less than a year after.

Note: Madame Adélaïde may have been the person behind the phrase “let them eat cake”. Adélaïde was kind hearted regarding the poor but didn’t have a clue about the real world. She may have been referring to pie-crust.

Note on Lenticular: The flower is the Coboea, the symbol of gossips.




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.