A Note on the Name

Useful Splendor was a term first used in the lead up to the French Revolution. By the 1780s, the French Crown was severely in dept, and the only way they could pay back their loans was to borrow more money – a strategy that never ever fails. So in order to make French royalty appear wealthy, the Controller-General of Finances Charles de Calonne encouraged lavish spending on ‘useful splendor.’ This managed to ease the minds of lenders, and the French Crown were granted more loans. And then King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette lived out the rest of their long lives in peace…