|The Metropolitan Museum's Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts. Photo: Carlton Hobbs LLC|
If you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Wrightsman Galleries, look for a little 18th century dog house on display. The exterior of the dog house is covered in blue velvet and architectural elements frame the house, painted in gold. The interior is lined with striped silk and has, of course, a comfortable velvet pillow bed for the lucky royal pup. This decorative little house was made for royal dogs, and it is stamped with the mark of Marie Antoinette's royal furniture maker!
|Dog kennel Claude I Sené (1724–1792, master 1743), ca. 1775–80, Gilded beech and pine; silk and velvet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.|
|This stamp reads GARDE MEUBLE DE LA REINE [mark of the Garde Meuble de la Reine Marie-Antoinette]|
Another example of an 18th century dog house is this pair from the mid 18th-century. They have little curtains tucked inside and are also lined with silk. The tops of these are fitted with a matching pillow, a perfect low stool for a foot rest! Comfort for both dog and master.
|Etienne Nauroy, Pair of Louis XV Dog Kennels (Detail). 1765, Gilt wood. Wrightsman Collection, image via Sotheby's.|
The tops of these are fitted with a matching pillow which makes a perfect low stool for a foot rest! Comfort for both dog and master.
|Dog's Sedan Chair, Louis XV style. 1765, Gilt wood, velvet and brass. Wrightsman Collection, image via Sotheby's.|
The top has features, I assume to add flair as the dog is traveling around. Can't you picture them bobbing and fluttering in the movement? Also, notice along the bottom of the chair are figures of little dogs (so you know just who belongs in it!)