The top inscription translates: “Modeled after the Folly of Chateau d’Artois ‘Bagatelle'”. This means the building is a replica of the famous Chateau Bagatelle built in 1777 in Paris by the Comte d’ Artois, Louis XVI’s brother. The Latin inscription over the front door of the Chateau Bagatelle reads “PARVUS SED APTA”, which means “poor, but sufficient”, a quotation from the Roman poet Horace, describing his own house. If you look at the keystone here at Rauzan-Segla above the arch, you will find almost the same inscription, but with one word missing: This one reads “SED APTA”, omitting the “PARVUS”. I believe this is a subtle commentary by the owner of Rauzan-Segla, as if to say, “This building is sufficient, but anything but poor!”

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