A bit more on the Grand et Petit Trianon!

I will take on the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon on this post.  Of course, plenty more in my blog but just found older photos like to show them here as additional information on these wonderful mansions. This is  a wonderful huge property seen best from the side of the ave de Versailles, by the Porte Saint Antoine. Taking Bus 19 from ave St Cloud corner with ave de l’Europe to stop Arboretum/Parly II, and walking about 300 meters to the gate. Versailles is it!!!

Going over the rooms of which the pictures are let me start with the Grand Trianon.

The Galerie de la Cotelle or Cotelle gallery was done in  1687. It was ordered 24 paintings illustrating the groves and fountains of the gardens of Versailles. 21 of these paintings are of the painter Jean Cosuch. The room is 52 meters long and 7 meters wide. It communicates with the so-called Trianon-sous-Bois wing. It was built to serve as a reception room. Under the Empire, it housed a collection of model boats; under Louis-Philippe, a collection of bronze and art objects.   As in the past, this gallery is now and then used for official receptions. So it is quite often closed to the public.


The Salon de Compagnie or companion lounge is adorned with Louis XV monogram paneling, composed of flowers. Marie-Antoinette gathered her friends here to chat, sing or play.


The Salon de famille de Louis Philippe. This large living room was created by Louis-Philippe from two existing pieces. The king and his family, who loved to stay in Trianon, met in the evening in this room furnished in the spirit of the times: game and work tables, upholstered seats and sofas covered with yellow cane with blue pattern.


The Château de Versailles on the Grand Trianon: Château de Versailles on the Grand Trianon

The city of Versailles tourist office on the Grand Trianon: City of Versailles tourist office on the Grand Trianon

And will give you one nice room I like in the Petit Trianon which must say was my favorite as did a lot of jogging around there with the family with lunch at Angelina terrace bar! See post

In this Salon des Billiards corner room on the ground floor originally stands the billiards of Louis XV, who has disappeared. The one ordered by Louis XVI in 1776, a dimension of 414 by 219 cm, is made of solid oak and ivory, with fifteen turned feet. It is accompanied by twenty iron plates for the candles, twelve ivory balls for the War or the Carambola and some thirty tails. In 1784, Marie-Antoinette had it transferred to the first floor and it was replaced by another billiard table, of less elegance, for the officers of the guard. It was sold to a second-hand dealer by the name of Rouger in 1794 during the Frenc revolutionary disposals. The original billiard table was never found, a restitution was undertaken, in 2005, within the framework of a patronage of competence by respecting the materials of origin and the initial colors. After being exhibited in the King’s Small Apartments of the Palace/Museum, it finds its original place in 2008. The walls are fully panelled and the Hungarian point parquet has also been restored according to the original plans. On the fireplace is exposed a bust of plaster of Marie-Antoinette after the marble work of Louis-Simon Boizot,( agreat sculptor of his time, born and died in Paris)  which had been commissioned in 1781 by the Count of Vergennes, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Two paintings are hung on the wall: one, by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun ( a great portrait painter born and died in Paris having been baptised at the Church of St Eustache), representing the Queen and the other, the Royal family.

And there you go, some additional information on of course my favorite Domaine (including palace, trianon, hameau etc) of which I am lucky enough to call it my town for almost 10 years before moving to the Morbihan Breton. Hope you enjoy the Trianons of Versailles.

The Château de Versailles on the Petit Trianon: Château de Versailles on the Petit Trianon

The city of Versailles tourist office on the Petit Trianon: City of Versailles tourist office on the Petit Trianon

And there you go a dandy in beautiful Versailles, the most Royal of all French cities and the base of the new French constitution. Hope you enjoy it as we do.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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