Saturday, 30 March 2013

The Porcelain Dining Room

Created in 1769 during the reign of Louis XV this room served as a dining room for the King and his friends. However, the room was never used more than by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It was in this very room that a new kind of dining was invented; it was called the "society supper" and was right between the great official dinner and the completely private ones. Around 40 nobles would dine with their sovereigns here - the tables could be extended depending on the number of guests. If the number of guests exceeded the number of seats it was custom that the gentlemen would take their dinner in the Billiard Room next door.

The nickname "the Porcelain Room" is attributed to a yearly amusement of Louis XVI. Every Christmas Louis XVI would use this room to present the newest porcelain from Sèvres - these pieces are still considered some of the most exquisite pieces of furniture and are extremely expensive.

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