Dreamland: Let Them Eat Cake


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Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French phrase, Qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” said to have been spoken in the 17th or 18th century by “a great princess” upon being told that the peasants had no bread. The French phrase mentions brioche, a bread enriched with butter and eggs, considered a luxury food. The quote is taken to reflect either the princess’s frivolous disregard for the starving peasants or her poor understanding of their plight.While the phrase is commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette, there are references to it prior to the French Revolution, meaning that it is impossible for the quote to have originated from Antoinette, and it is unlikely it was ever spoken by her.

The Dreamland necklaces are delicate poems of another time (past or future), crafted with a curation of ancient and new materials gathered across decades and continents. On this necklace you will find an ancient porcelain doll’s leg dug up from a bombed German doll factory, gorgeous vintage and new Czech bohemian glass beads, a tiny piece of handsculpted vanilla cake (with sprinkles), a memeto mori bone skull, velvet milinery flowers, snake vertebrae, a tiny tooth that looks genuine but is just dental supply, and vertebrae of a small mammal.

The readymade necklace pictured here is available as shown and ready to ship. It is one continuous length (approx. 52″ with the doll leg focal an additional 1.5″) knotted on silk cord and can be worn long or doubled. The last photo shows the necklace styled, in context with a beautiful crochet/knitted top by Colors of Jades. A second necklace used as a prop, with vintage Nigerian brass globes, is listed separately. It was designed for layering with this one and is not included in purchase.

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