‘Salon de Louis XIV’
In the 19th century this chamber was believed to be the main salon of Louis XIV. It was lavishly decorated with an allegorical ceiling depicting the Four Elements, War and Peace, an addition made by Percier and Fontaine in the early 19th century. The apartment was later used as the formal dining room under Napoleon III. The open doorway to the right led through into Napoleon Bonaparte’s Throne Room. The late 17th century painting between the Corinthian pilasters showed Anne of Austria crowning her son, Louis XIV, the Sun King. Unfortunately the painting, along with the rest of the room, was destroyed during the Paris Commune in May 1871.