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"If I were only a mother, I should be considered a Frenchwoman", wrote Marie Antoinette to Mercy in 1775.She became the mother of Madame Royale in 1778, in 1781 of a Dauphin who was to die eight years later, and of little Louis XVII in 1785.- Unique house with tons of potential in a lovely neighborhood.
In her private life, Marie Antoinette may justly be blamed for her prodigality, for having, between 17 -- by certain notorious escapades (sleigh racing, opera balls, hunting in the Bois de Boulogne, gambling ) and by her amusements at the Trianon (see VERSAILLES) -- given occasion for calumnious reports.
But the ill-feeling towards "L'Autrichienne" was stirred up by the lamentable "Affair of the Diamond Necklace" (1784-86).
Cardinal de Rohan, grand aumônier of France, deceived by an adventuress, who called herself Comtesse de la Motte-Valois, purchased for 1,600,000 livres a necklace which he believed the queen wished to have; the lawsuit begun by the unpaid jewellers resulted in the acquittal of Cardinal de Rohan, while the publicity of the allegations of Mme de la Motte, who pretended that the queen was aware of the transaction, and the romantic story of a nocturnal rendezvous at the Tuileries, were exploited by Marie Antoinette's enemies.
This latter was especially the case when, as frequently happened at least in the later Middle Ages, the clasp was very heavy or very valuable.
As early as the thirteen century inventories clasps which formed distinct ornaments in themselves. They were generally made of silver covered with gold, and were ornamented with pearls, precious stones, enamel, niello-work, architectural designs, small, figures of saints, ornamental work in flowers and vines and similar designs.