Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Duchess d'Angoulême's Dining Room

During the reign of Louis XVI it became a family tradition to gather in the dining room of the Duchesse d'Angoulême and take their dinner here twice every week. It was hosted by one of Louis' sisters - just referred to as "Madame" - who would serve extraordinary dishes (one of these dishes was a soup made of small birds!). It was intended that this room should serve as a library to the Duchesse d'Angoulême after the instalment of the Empire. The Duchesse was not unfamiliar with living at Versailles - she was the only surviving daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

The corner cupboards were created by Risener and the chairs of a striped pattern with floral prints were brought to this room from the wardrobe of Madame Élisabeth.

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