‘Salle des Garde du Corps’, Lost Interiors of the Tuileries

‘Salle du Premier Consul’

c.1865

salon prem con anon

‘White Room’

c.1865

white room

Part of the late 17th century state apartments of Louis XIV, the Salle des Gardes du Corps was literally the room of the bodyguards who regulated access to the king. Beyond this room were the king’s anti-chamber, the state bedroom, the audience room and the Galerie de Diane, all of which survived largely intact until 1871. Later called the White Room, the Salle des Garde du Corps had a painted ceiling by the Baroque artist Nicolas Loyr depicting Fame, Abundance and other allegorical deities descending from heaven. During the Second Empire the apartment was known as the Room of the First Consul and it was here that Emperor Napoleon III held official receptions. Like most of the other state apartments, the room was hung with some spectacular rock crystal chandeliers. In the 19th century at least the room had four half-columns crowned with busts of Roman emperors, two of which can be seen either side of  the painting in the stereographs. The early 19th century painting itself was by Baron Gros and showed Napoleon on horseback. Presumably the painting was destroyed along with the rest of the room during the Paris Commune in May 1871. (Many of these early pre-1871 views of the interior of the Tuileries were printed on tissue paper which helps to explain their relatively poor quality over 140 years later!)

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