OEil de Boeuf
(L'). A large reception-room (salle) in the
palace of Versailles, lighted by round windows so called. The ceiling,
decorated by Van der Meulen, contained likenesses of the children of
(seventeenth and eighteenth centuries).
Les Fastes de l'OEil de Boeuf.
The annals of the courtiers of the Grand Monarque; anecdotes of
courtiers generally. The oeil de boeuf
is the round window seen
in entresols, etc. The ante-room where courtiers waited at the royal
chamber of Versailles had these ox-eye windows, and hence they were
called by this name.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894