Fontainebleau: Chambre de l’impératrice!

And here I am back to one of my all time favorite places in my belle France and not just the castle but the town too. As said in many posts not to repeat myself ,the Château de Fontainebleau is very special to me. As written many posts on it and the town, let me give some of the spots not mentioned enough me think , in the past.

This time let me tell you a bit more on chambre de l’Impératrice or Empress’s bedroom. Oh yes some figures to bring it back to perspective: The Château de Fontainebleau is 20,000 m2 of roofing area, 1,530 rooms, 115 hectares of parkland; 14 hectares for the large flowerbed garden, 1,145 meters in length of the canal, and 16,000 work of arts preserved.

A preview, the apartments of the Empress Joséphine located on the ground floor (1st FL US) of the wing of the royal apartments, Joséphine’s apartments were fitted out for her in 1808, from a suite of rooms with Louis XV-style paneling. They were occupied by Empress Marie-Louise from 1810.

Chambre de l’impératrice or the Empress’s bedroom. The furniture in this small room consists in particular of a singularly crowned bed, enlarged in 1843 for one of the daughters of Louis-Philippe and their husbands, in white silk and blue lapis broché d ‘or. This room has housed the queen’s bedroom since the 16C, and it was there that the Grand Dauphin, son of Louis XIV and Marie-Thérèse, was born on November 1, 1661. This room is thus nicknamed the “bedroom of the six Marys”, in reference to the different sovereigns who used it such as Marie de Medici, Marie-Thérèse of Spain, Marie Leszczyńska, Marie-Antoinette, Marie-Louise de Habsbourg, and Marie-Amélie. The room was refurbished for Joséphine between 1805 and 1807, before being inhabited for the last time by the Empress Eugenie.


The bedroom furniture retains its condition from the First Empire, restored in 1986. It consists of a four-poster bed made in 1787 for Marie-Antoinette in walnut wood and golden linden, in just three months and delivered to Fontainebleau on October 30, 1787, adorned with golden garlands and a paper lampas bought in 1790 by the furniture storekeeper in bankruptcy of the Lyonnais manufacturer Gaudin and embroidered by the widow Baudoin reused in this room in 1805, surrounded by a golden balustrade covered with green velvet in 1804 for the throne of the Palais des Tuileries (see post) and altered in 1805; ceremonial armchairs decorated with sphinxes circa 1800 and dressers dating from 1786 and placed in this room in 1806 as well as stools.


The bedroom presents a set of three pairs of Sèvres porcelain vases, decorated with flowers and fruit, and dated to the beginning of the 19C. The room also retains a pendulum decorated with Zéphyr et Flore, made in 1804. The main part of the painted and gilded wooden ceiling was made in 1644 for the Queen Mother Anne of Austria from a redesigned in 1747 , composed of a main circular medallion with radiating compartments from which hangs the chandelier, confined to four other medallions decorated with the arms of France and Navarre, adorned with widow’s cords in homage to Anne of Austria, the woodwork, the alcove ceiling above the bed is a corresponding dome the enlargement of the room under Louis XV, decorated with fleur-de-lys and the queen’s number “M”, the pier glass, part of the paneling and the fireplace in purple breccia for Marie Leszczyńska in 1746 and 1747, and the doors painted are in faux mahogany in arabesque styles as well as the trompe-l’oeil door mimics imitating ancient bas-reliefs with scenes evoking sleep, washing, etc. for Marie-Antoinette in 1787.

Throughout this series will repeat these two webpages in English, one from the castle and the other the tourist office of Fontainebleau.

Official Chateau de Fontainebleau

Tourist office of Fontainebleau on the castle

And there you go a splendid room to be see always at the Château de Fontainebleau and a memorable moment for me all the time , whether visiting it or watching it or reading about it. This is Fontainebleau; hope you enjoy the brief tour.

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

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