Friday, 5 April 2013

Petit Trianon: Louis XVI's Cabinet

This was the only room of the Petit Trianon that Louis XVI made any changes to himself. The King never actually slept at the mansion and did not spent nearly as much time there as his wife. Louis XVI had it refurnished in 1777 with furniture by Jean-Henri Reisener. The doors have specially made locking mechanisms on it - probably on the order of the King who loved mechanisms of all sorts.
Louis XVI would use this as his office which is why a writing desk takes up the main part of the room. The writing desk itself is gilded with gold and the top is covered in black velvet. Once again crimson silk curtains were chosen for the windows.

This is one of the pieces commissioned by Louis XVI and carried out by Jean-Henri Reisener for this room.

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