‘The Throne Room’, Lost Interiors of the Tuileries

‘Salle du Trône’

Florent Grau

1856

Salle du Trône florent grau 1858

‘Salle du Trône’

Possibly Florent Grau

1856

tuileries salle de thron

‘Salle du Trône’

Florent Grau

1856

thron grau

This was formerly the state bedroom of Louis XIV, the Sun King. He greatly expanded the original Tuileries, a royal palace started by Catherine de Medici in 1564. When Napoleon became Emperor of France the Tuileries was used as his principal residence and, as Emperor, he needed a throne room. The Sun King’s bedchamber, on the first floor, was chosen. The throne room’s Baroque ceiling was painted between 1666 and 1671 by Bertholet Flemalle and depicted Religion protecting France. The stucco decoration and cartouches also dated the c.1700. The furnishings shown in the stereographs dated to the 19th century and the First and Second Empire. In September 1870 the government closed the Tuileries as a royal palace and fortunately many of the moveable objects were transferred to other locations. Less than a year later, on 23 May 1871, the palace was set on fire by a mob during the Paris Commune and almost completely destroyed. The burnt out shell was demolished in 1883.

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