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18 Nov

The Queens Bedchamber, Versailles

The Queens Bedchamber

The Queens Bedchamber De Seve Ceiling Versailles

The Queen’s Bedchamber

Marie-Therese and the two Dauphines, the grandmother and mother of Louis XV, all died in this bedchamber in 1683, 1690, and 1712 respectively.

Each Queen put her own stamp on the bedchamber. Of the original decoration only the panelled ceiling remains. Apart from the arms of Austria and France placed in the corners of the ceiling in 1770 for Marie-Antoinette (still Dauphine at the time) and the fireplace built for her in 1786 (she had been Queen since 1774), the paintings and sculpted work in this room was commissioned for Marie Leczinska, the wife of Louis XV. From 1730 to 1735, the work was supervised first by Robert de Cotte, and then by the two Gabriels, father and son. The sculptures by Verberckt, Dugoulon and Goupil frame the paintings by Natoire and Troy (depicting the royal children in 1734) above the doors. The monochrome medallions by Boucher represent the Four Virtues. The paintings, as well as the grisaille rose, replaced the ceiling paintings by De Seve of Apollo (matching those in the King’s bedchamber, later the Throne Room, during Louis XIV’s rule).

The furnishings are from Marie-Antoinette’s time. This is the ’summer’ decor (compared to the velvet or brocade ‘winter’ decor). The same furnishings were in the room when, on the morning of October 6, 1789, the revolutionary mobs forced the royal family to flee Versailles and reside in the Tuileries in Paris. They lived there until August 10, 1792, the date the monarchy fell.

The silk hangings are an exact reproduction of the brocade Tours silk which had been delivered in 1786, as are the embroidered seat covers and fireplace screen. The alcove carpet and curtains also are faithfully reproduced.

The fireplace screen (made by Sene in 1786), the andirons (made by Boizot and Thomire in 1787), and the jewelry cabinet (built by Schwerdfeger in 1787) were all original room furnishings. The wall clock with its Baillon mechanism was ordered for the Dauphine in 1745 but placed here by Marie-Antoinette.

The folding chairs were made by Sene and the two armchairs by Tilliard. Although they are authentic period pieces, they come from other Royal collections.

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