Boudoir at Fontainebleau

Topics: Marie Antoinette, Palace of Versailles, Petit Trianon Pages: 2 (574 words) Published: August 7, 2010
Boudoir at Fontainebleau

In 1777, Marie Antoinette commissioned neoclassical French architect, Richard Mique to design her boudoir at Fontainebleau; however, Barthélémy, Rousseau, and Roland decorated it in 1786 (citatation). Mique was a favorite designer of Marie Antoinette. He is most remembered for his picturesque hamlet, for Marie Antoinette in the Petit Trianon Gardens within the estate of the Palace of Versailles created between 1775 and 1784. He designed many spaces for Marie Antoinette between 1775 and 1785, including her private theatre at Petit Trianon, modifications at the Chateau de Saint-Cloud, and her boudoir at the Petit Trianon. His majestic work, along with the help of other commissioned artisans can still be seen in Marie Antoinette’s Boudoir at Fontainebleau.

Located in the heart of the seventeen thousand hectare forest, the palace of Fontainebleau was once one of the privileged residences of the sovereigns who ruled France. All of its occupants had their hearts set on improving it through new buildings or new decorations. This resulted in the present profusion of courtyards and buildings with different decorative and architectural styles. [Inclusion of floor plan with boudoir indicated on plan].

The boudoir at Fontainebleau was designed and decorated for Marie Antoinette, the wife of Louis XIV. Fontainebleau is known for some of the finest hunting in France. The court traveled to Fontainebleau in the fall so that the King could enjoy some of this fine hunting. Marie Antoinette was not very fond of hunting, or Fontainebleau for that matter. It was a somewhat barbaric place that had an outstanding 172 vast apartments, but was secluded from the rest of the world, as it nestled in the immense forest and a whole day’s carriage away from Paris (citation). In an attempt to placate his occasionally petulant wife, Louis encouraged her to commission two exquisite rooms to either side of her state bedchamber – the salle de jeu and, hidden behind...

Cited: Boyer, Marie-France. The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette. London: Thames & Hudson, 2006. Print.
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