Saturday, 30 March 2013

Bathroom of Louis XV/Louis XVI

The bathroom was one of the very last changes added to the castle by Louis XV before his death. The engraving of the wood-work are specially made to fit with a bathroom - symbols of diverse "aquatic pleasures" cut out in medallions in gold, bronze and green gold of a mat varnish. Unlike many of the other wood-works carried out during Louis XV these were not made by Verbeckt but by his very rival Antoine Rosseau in 1771. The floor reveals where the baths were placed by a slight change in the marble floor. The fireplace was made of green marble.
Louis XVI was not interested in using the room as a bathroom - instead he had it changed into a privy purse room where he would store his personal accounts.

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