Photographer's Note

The Castle of Fontainebleau is a Renaissance castle being next to the town of Fontainebleau. It was the residence of the sovereigns of France since François Ier to Napoleon III. Several kings left their print in the construction and the history of the castle. Since 1981, it is with its park on the List of the world inheritance of UNESCO.

Old room of the king since the end of XVIe century, this part was the most important room of the castle. Before the Revolution, the room and the bed of the king symbolized the capacity of the sovereign. Transformed by Napoleon into throne room in 1808, the room found this function. As in the room of the Empress, the decoration is several times. The central part of the ceiling, oldest, date of the middle of the XVIIe century and that above the throne of the end of the reign of Louis XIV. Under Louis XV, at the time of the enlargings carried out in 1752-1754, one employed again certain old elements, like the two doors on each side of the chimney, and one made of them the new ones, typically rubbles, like the large panels of woodworks, vis-a-vis with the throne, jig-sawn by the top and bottom. The furniture set up under Napoleon mixes with the pieces of furniture Empire (throne, consoles, candelabra, etc...), carried out on the drawings of the architects Percier and Fontaine by the cabinetmaker Jacob-Desmalter, with head offices Louis XVI (folding stools).

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