CHOCOSPHERE

by The Chocolate Dictionary

Boucher’s Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan.

An environment of beauty and opulence, a haven of serenity, or a place of inspiration evocative of sumptuous boxes of chocolates from Debauve et Gallais, Godiva, or Fortnum & Mason. The Wallace Collection in London is one such chocosphere, with its rooms full of ornate Louis XIV and XV furniture and porcelain, and its galleries hung with paintings like Fragonard’s The Swing and Boucher’s Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan (or should that be Vulvan?), not forgetting the equally awe generating Titians, Vélasques’s, Gainsboroughs and Reynolds. One could spend a whole day, a whole week, in the Wallace Collection, lost and found in reveries of truffles and pralines, each adding to the richness of the one before. A chocosphere of even larger proportions is the Victoria and Albert Museum, also in London. The greatest museum of decorative arts and design in the world, this vast Victorian edifice contains collections of dance, fashion, glass, jewellery, paintings, prints sculpture and theatre, such that one might think, on a quieter day when the crowds are absent, here be chocolates without end.

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