|Design by Charles le Brun for a console table|
|Drawing by Jean Berain (1686) showing the silver throne flanked by six candelabras in the Hall of Mirrors|
|One of the vases actually at Versailles|
|Here is an computer generated version of what the drawing above would have|
Another one of the main designers was Claude Ballin who personally oversaw the creation 167 pieces of furniture. Fortunately for him, Ballin died three years before the silver was melted down again.
Recently, the Château de Versailles hosted an exhibition trying to re-create the sight and impression of silver furniture. Naturally, France has practically none left but Denmark is more than rich on solid-silver furniture. Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark suggested that Versailles could borrow a substantial part of the Danish collection in exchange for cash to repair the castle of Rosenborg in Copenhagen. The deal was made. The Danish collection was complimented with pieces from London, Augsburg and Moscow. These are some of the furniture included in the exhibition, from them you should be able to get an idea of the design used at the court of Louis XIV.
|Commode, solid silver, Rosenborg Castle, Denmark|
|Silver table, made in Augsburg, Rosenborg Castle, Denmark|
|One of two silver lions, Rosenborg Castle, Denmark|
|Table, Windsor Castle, England|