Château de Fontainebleau-Marie Antoinette's Boudoir

Original definition of the word BOUDOIR:

1775-85; French: literally, a sulking place ( boud (erto sulk + -oir. We know it as "boodwour" and means a woman's bedroom.

Just as any period of time has its in vogue design, so did the 18th century when it was inspired by the Orient and all things Turkish. Château de Fontainebleau was home to one of the more famous French queens; Marie Antoinette. Here one will find the boudoir given to her by King Louis XVI in 1777. It was the height of Royal Turqueries where sumptuous and rich fabrics adorned walls and furniture and beautiful lighting was created with the movement of mirrors and transparent fabrics. 

The French Revolution was not kind to the palaces and châteaux of royalty thus the interior of Marie Antoinette's boudoir and furniture collections were dispersed. Although the barrel-topped desk and trough-shaped table inlaid with mother-of-pearl were returned to Fontainebleau in the 1960's. I'd sure like to stumble upon something in one of France's many brocantes and flea markets!

It was Empress Joséphine who brought the boudoir back to life in 1807. Using embroidered muslin, taffeta, and gold lamé festoons with vermicular motifs once again gave luxury to the woman's bedroom.

The boudoir has been under extensive renovation since 2007! It has just recently finished and now open to the public. You will know where I will be on my next trip to France!

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