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Monday, July 7, 2014

The Furniture and Accessories of French Kings

This stunning bed first belonged to Louis XVIII (the 18th) and later by Charles X (the 10th) in the Tuileries palace.

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Please click on “Read More” to see many more lovely pieces of furniture.

All of the objets du art in this post can be found on the first floor of the Richelieu Gallery in room 75 close to Napoléon III’s apartments. The description of each item was written in French and I have done my best to translate as well as provide additional information from my personal research. I welcome any clarification of discrepancies.

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This bed and its coverings were created with extreme opulence in mind. The bed itself was made of gilded wood and the covering and drapes of embossed blue velvet.

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Have you ever seen such a headboard!

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The panache (ornamental tuft) of ostrich feathers was a sign of wealth and royalty as such feathers would have been very rare and costly.

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Even the littlest royals slept well, like royalty. I adored the gilded harp detail on either end.

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This sumptuous berceau (cradle) features beautiful wood marquetry and heavy taffeta drapery.

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This was my favorite fauteuil (armchair) in the collection.

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It was made from beech wood which was hand carved then gilded.

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The upholstery featured petit point which is similar to needlepoint but the stitch is done on a much smaller canvas.

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The under layer was made of velvet, attached, then covered with nail heads on grosgrain ribbon trim. LOVE!

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This crystal and gilded dressing table and chair was absolutely stunning.

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The official term for the gilding process is verre églomisé, in which the back side of the glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf upon which designs can then be engraved.

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The set was created for Duchess du Berry for her château Rosny-sur-Seine in 1819.

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The set was created by a company, L'Escalier de Cristal (the Crystal Stairs), which was founded by a woman, Marie-Jeanne-Rosalie Désarnaud-Charpentier, a daughter of a goldsmith.

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Look at this lovely fairy detail!

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The owner of the set was Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Sicile, duchess de Berry who was the daughter of Prince Ferdinand (heir to the throne of Naples and Sicily). Caroline, as she was known, married the nephew of France’s King Louis XVIII (the 18th), Charles Ferdinand d'Artois, the Duke de Berry. This portrait was painted by Thomas Lawrence in 1825.

There were also a number of tapestries in the collection. This particular tapestry was just immense and still retained much of its original vibrant color.

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To give you an idea of its size this mythological faun was bigger than my hand and can be found on the lower border, on the right side of the center medallion. The tapestry featured petit point which given the vast size must have taken many royal ladies of the court several years to complete.

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Detail portrait of Eleanor of Austria featured on a cheminée created between 1835 – 1840 of  French hard-paste porcelain.

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Jacob Mardouché Petit began his career as a painter at the porcelain factory at Sèvres. Petit bought the Baruch Weil porcelain factory in Fontainebleau in 1833.  His glorious work was recognized by Louis XVIII, Charles X and the duchess of Berry.

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The cheminée is just under 4 feet tall and also features a detailed portrait of Francis I.

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A lovely settee made of beech wood, carved and gilded.

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Center detailing on the upper back. 

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Lower petit point detail on center seat.

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This ebony and Sèvres porcelain chest was given as a gift to Isabelle II of Spain by Louis Napoléon in 1851.

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I was so eager to get a closer look at the beautiful details that I accidently set off the alarm. Whoops.  France Day 2 328

After that close encounter I ended my time in this gallery. :)

Laura

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This is the 10th post in the 2014  Décor To Adore Summer Travel Series. Links to the other posts can be found in the sidebar under “Blog Archives”.

12 comments :

  1. OMG!...every piece is amazing, soo luxurious and grand, for kings and queens, for sure!!! I just acquired an antique French dining table, but certainly nothing like THESE! I love the bay cradle...wow!
    FABBY

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  2. Thank you for the tour. When I was at the Louvre the first week in June, this exhibit wasn't open yet. No sign saying it wasn't open yet (that I could read) but 4 guys there that stopped me from going in. I really wanted to see it too!!

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  3. Oh wow, so many beautiful things. That bed is amazing, but the crystal dressing table is unreal.

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  4. Excellent selections Laura! I feel that I can reach out and touch the velvets, the gilding, the porcelains!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  5. Oh my goodness! How funny that you set off the alarm! My favorite piece is the fireplace surround! Absolutely unbelievable! We missed this room on our recent visit. I guess we'll have to go back now!

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  6. No words, just takes your breath away.

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  7. So decadent and beautiful! Thanks for sharing for those of us who won't get there!

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  8. Such richly ornamented pieces look wonderful in a stately setting, less so in our modern day homes. However, I wouldn't mind that fauteuil in my home! Can you imagine how long someone worked on the petit point? Gorgeous.

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  9. Wow, Laura, just WOW. Such overindulgent opulence! I guess it was good to be queen, king, or baby royalty....I have a couple very small eglomise and petit point accessories in my purse collection. I can only imagine the magnitude of those pieces you saw. And those porcelain busts! Wow. I bet you nearly freaked when you set off the alarm, not to mention the security personnel. I hope they were cordial with you. Thanks for yet another grand tour.

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  10. Wow soooo breathtakingly beautiful...

    Smiles~
    Mari

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  11. I think I saw this line at "Rooms to Go." - Hahahahaha! Sorry, I just crack myself up sometimes.

    I'm on a huge blue and silver phase but the first few photos of the blue and gold are stunning! Can you imagine the time it took to create these pieces? So glad you shared them with us!

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  12. Gorgeous! Love the petit point chair the most. Thanks for sharing your photos, Laura.

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