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Violin-Shaped Berceau

Violin-Shaped Berceau

In this violin-shaped berceau (arbor walk), Marot reinterpreted a typical feature of Dutch Renaissance gardens by drawing his inspiration from ornamental rather than architectonic forms. The violin shape also appears in his design for a bosquet that is nearly identical to the “Wilderness” at Hampton Court, suggesting Daniel Marot’s possible involvement in this project.

Marot also conceived the monumental Great Fountain Garden at Hampton Court, where, unconstrained by the Dutch tradition, he was given free rein in designing the layout.

 

Image from: Marot, Daniel. Oeuvres: contenant plusieurs pensséz utile aux architectes, peintres, sculpteurs, orfevres & jardiniers, & autres; le toutes en faveure de ceux qui s'appliquerent aux beaux arts. La Haye: P. Husson, 1702.

 

 

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