Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Petit Trianon: Master bedroom

Marie Antoinette's bedroom at the Petit Trianon is a perfect reflection of the young queen. Recently restored, the bedroom is one of the most elegant rooms in the house. You can see it located below on the plan in blue.The placement of the bedroom would become important even with the planning of the Petit Trianon's gardens: the Temple of Love is on direct axis from the daybed out the window, seen below. Who says Marie Antoinette wasn't a romantic? Below you see the Petit Trianon from the Temple of Love, the bedroom highlighted in blue.The room features an exquisite bedroom suite by Georges Jacob made for Marie Antoinette that is probably the most famous furniture in the small palace. The furniture and embroidered upholstery all display her love of flowers.The bedroom breaks from the pale green color scheme found throughout the main floor of the Petit Trianon and is instead an icy blue. Seen below to the right is a clock featuring 2 eagles which represent the house of Austria. Marie Antoinette always discretely remained loyal to her roots. She must have felt at home at the Petit Trianon surrounded by the things which were important to her: a love of nature and her Austrian roots.Even the boiseries are adorned with flowers. Below is a sketch from the 1913 Petit Trianon book that shows the carving in detail.
The hardware, which I have been admiring throughout the tour, is extremely organic in form: again harking back to nature and details of flowers.I can't discuss Marie Antoinette's bedroom without including a picture of her as played so excellently by Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola's movie.

10 comments:

Paris Atelier said...

~Sigh~ That was beautiful! What a gorgeous post!!! I am in love with the amazing sketches and plans. The hardware is by far my favorite. Thank you for this incredible post!
xoxo
Judith~

thombeau said...

Wonderful post. I recently saw the movie for the first time, loved it so much I watched it again!

pve design said...

I am going to dream about sleeping there. When I saw that room, it reminded me of how "pretty" never fades.
That room looks like a madamoiselle's paradise.
pretty, feminine and full of grace
pve

Kwana said...

It's lovely. I adore that bed.

Terry said...

I can't thank you enough for showing the plans and highlighting the windows on the facade. It makes it more real. I can imagine moving in and our of the rooms and grok the sight lines.

Kerry said...

The lovely fabric everywhere just goes to show that "matchy-matchy" isn't necessarily bad.

Regina Joi said...

Dearest AD,

YOU have truly captured the essence of MA...her true persona was that of a PRIVATE woman, living in easy luxe, and a lover of Nature in ALL its splendor.

The Swan says it ALL!!!!!!

custardbydesign said...

what a mismatch of femininity...

Lesley said...

Struck by the simplicity of it.

Love the curve on the path by the water.

Thanks for all the Trianon posts they have been inspirational

Best Wishes

Robert

Janet said...

There is nothing to say, but ~ that is the prettiest room EVER!