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One of the early amusements designed for Marie Antoinette and her guests at the Petit Trianon was a Chinese pavilion which housed a moving merry-go-round that operated through an invisible mechanism underneath the structure. The queen and her courtiers would sit astride expertly carved Chinoiserie-styled animals, such as fanciful dragons and plumed peacocks. Both the pavilion and merry-go-around were likely dismantled during the revolution.

(Source: vivelareine)

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