Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Petit Trianon: Salon

The main salon at the Petit Trianon is probably the most often seen space and the largest: You can see it in the floor plan below in blue.
The upholstery and curtains are a very deep dark pink, practically crimson, which like elsewhere, contrast nicely with the light green and white painted boiseries.
The room is outfitted with a suite of musical instruments from the time period. If you've seen Sofia Coppola's movie, Marie Antoinette, you may recognize them.
The elegant gilded bronze work continues as do the Parquet de Versailles flooring. You can see the beautiful light the room receives, I took these pictures in the late afternoon.
Oops, a burnt out bulb! I guess this wouldn't have been a problem back in Marie Antoinette's time! Maybe on a windy day a blown out candle or two....
You'll notice the literal use of lily in the boiseries. I've never seen a fleur de lis depiected with actual lilys before! It is of course the symbol of the French Monarchy and makes perfect sense here.
These elegant armchairs are stylishly upholstered with sumptuously embroidered silk. I hope you enjoyed exploring this beautiful room!

12 comments:

Agoura Antique Mart said...

Stunning, amazing photography. Thank you for bringing us there! Maria

patrick said...

Thanks for showing the Salon.. I love seeing the color combinations and the textures.. I was there in the fall and also felt vindicated that even in a palace there was wear and irregularities in the glazes on the furniture, walls and floors.. Have you seen the Robert Paladori book? wonderful texturally rich pictures! Thanks Patrick

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Thank YOU, Agoura!
patrick, I haven't seen the book as it's not inexpensive -but I've heard wonderful things about it! Hopefully at some point I'll get to check it out.

Karena said...

Stefan, your images are amazing, and the combination of color texture and the gilded pieces. Love it, and thank you for sharing with us!

Karena

Dandy said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty. I could totally live in Versailles. One of the most wonderful places I have ever been, that is for sure. My other favorites, surprisingly, are ancient--the Acropolis and Ephesus.

Lesley said...

Wonderful light, so atmospheric! Felt the lady herself might walk in at any time!
Best Wishes
Robert

Miss B. said...

I did undergrad paper on the Petit Trianon and did my final presentation in the home itself. Thanks for the post!

Anthony said...

So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures of Petit Trianon. I hope someday I will be able to see this beauty and romance for myself.

theshinypebble said...

Hello there, I have been visiting your blog for a little while. Just wanted to tell you that it is so much fun looking at life thru the eyes of an old soul in a young body. Thanks for the trip. I'll add you to my bloglist.

Reggie Darling said...

I say, Architect, this a terrific series, and I have enjoyed it immensely! Thank you, I know a lot of work has gone into it.

Annie said...

Fabulous! thanks for taking us inside and espeically for linking the images to the plan. great job teaching classic French design of the period.

Greet said...

Thank you so much for these beautiful posts! I so love reading your blog!
xx
Greet