Refuge d’Orient, le boudoir turc

Marie-Antoinette, ten years apart, gives to Fontainebleau two jewels made by the greatest artists of her time: the Turkish boudoir (1777) and the silver boudoir (1786). In these retirement homes, the Queen escapes the label of the Court and combines with the expression of the most extravagant novelties, a fancy Orient. The craze for turqueries did not fade in the early nineteenth century and the Empress Josephine moved a few years later in this women’s shelter offering a new sparkle to this universe of the Thousand and One Nights. She had a sumptuous and atypical furniture installed, which combines mahogany and gilded bronzes with lamé fabrics, embroidered and fringed with gold. After a painstaking restoration, the graceful carved, painted and gilded paneling of Marie-Antoinette’s boudoir is once again the setting for Josephine’s luxurious furniture. Nestled in a corner of the ancestral castle of Fontainebleau, the Turkish boudoir is the only decoration of its kind preserved in France and one of the most exceptional sets of furniture created for Josephine.

20.5 x 27 cm
208 pages
220 illustrations
Hardbound under laminated jacket
ISBN: 978-2-903824-97-6 36,97