Flying chairs and tables in the 18th century

Stéphane Castelluccio


Surprising and delighting guests… that was the purpose of these mechanical chairs and tables, known as ” flying”, which, rising from the ground like magic, aroused the admiration of all.
The Petit Trianon of Versailles, the Château de Choisy, the Château de La Muette, the Hôtel du Garde-Meuble… Stéphane Castelluccio takes us on a tour across France and Europe to discover these exceptional pieces of machinery. Through the study of this fascinating subject, we come to understand the ingenuity and imagination of the Age of Enlightenment.


About the author:
Stéphane Castelluccio is an art historian specializing in the 17th and 18th centuries. He is a CNRS research director at the Centre André Chastel in Paris, an art history research laboratory (CNRS / Sorbonne University / Ministry of Culture).

Coedition: Editions Honoré Clair – château de Versailles
3D reconstructions: Hubert Naudeix, Marlène Faure
Publication: October 2023
Number of pages: 176 pages
Dimensions: 21.5 x 24 cm
ISBN 978-2-918371-40-3


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