The Two Marie Antoinette Boudoirs

Ten years apart, Louis XVI ordered the construction of two different retiring rooms for the queen, whose chamber had few windows. Built one atop the other, these two rooms are the finest examples of the heights of refinement reached in private interior décor within this royal château.

Marie Antoinette’s Turkish-style boudoir was essentially a gift offered by Louis XVI to his wife. Situated above the chambre de parade (ceremonial bed), its décor reflects the contemporary trend of exoticism. It was decorated with Turkish motifs and items such as turbans, cassolettes, incense burners, strings of pearls, crescent moons and ears of wheat. Its 18th-century furniture disappeared during the Revolution. The lavish furniture created by Jacob for Josephine in 1805 is currently undergoing restoration.

On the lower floor, the Boudoir de la Reine or silver bedroom is situated between the chambers of the queen and the king (the latter having been converted into Napoleon’s Throne Room in 1808). This boudoir was decorated in a sumptuous antique style by the Rousseau brothers in 1786 and contains some outstanding pieces of furniture such as the barrel-topped desk and trough-shaped table inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which were returned to Fontainebleau in the 1960s.

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