A very French tuffet

I saw this cute tuffet (smaller ottoman) the other day. I love the grain-sack linen look, and the brass tacks on the sides finish it nicely. However the most interesting part about this is the writing on it. Between my own rusty French from college and some Google and Wikipedia help, I get to something like: “The spinach that gave Bellerophon power” Bellerophon is a hero in Greek mythology. He was the son of Poseidon and Eurynome, wife of Glaucus. He was raised by Glaucus who thought Bellerophon was his own son. He was “the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside Cadmus and Perseus, before the days of Heracles”, and his greatest feat was killing the Chimera, a monster that Homer depicted with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail: “her breath came out in terrible blasts of burning flame.”

And then “Le Soi Roleil” I believe is a play on the words Le Roi Soleil, i.e. the Sun King, i.e. Louis XIV. So, make what you will of it. It doesn’t make much sense to me. Either it was purposely written to be nonsensical/funny, or there is something I am missing. Please feel free to enlighten me by leaving a comment below! In any case, for about $40, this is a really cute addition to a living room or family room, both stylistically and also functionally if you like to raise your feet off the floor. And as a bonus, you get yourself a conversation starter about the meaning of those words 🙂  Cheers!


#homedecor #homesweethome #frenchstyle #frenchprovincial #homedesign

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