Thursday, 5 September 2013

The Emperor's Bedroom

In 1750 this was the bedroom of Louis XV whenever he visited his beloved Grand Trianon except that the King's bedroom also counted part of the next room and a staircase. For some reason the current museum has chosen to display the room as it would have looked during the Empire but the original décor and panelling still exists. It is the faded lemon colour that marks out this room - it is moiré silk with purple and silk brocading on them and they were made for Empress Josephine in 1807. Ironically enough Napoleon first stayed in this chamber shortly after his divorce from Josephine but he kept the décor she had chosen.

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