HORTENSE de BEAUHARNAIS

DAUGHTER OF AN EMPRESS
QUEEN OF HOLLAND
MOTHER OF AN EMPEROR

vrijdag 21 januari 2011

Bedroom Malmaison


 
A tent-like theme is Josephine's round bedroom. A circle of painted sky is revealed at the top of the faux tent. Gilt-wood poles hold up the lushly draped red silk "tent". The poles lead the eye up to a frieze with gold motifs in abstract loops, spirals, and circles on a red ground. The carpet is cream with red, gold, and royal blue decorations. The amazing bed has a canopy topped with a great golden eagle and bordered in red and gold. The bed curtains are cream with gold border embroidery on the outside and lined with a curtain of cream with gold flowers. The golden bed, designed by Jacob Desmalter, is flanked at the head with swans and at the foot by brimming cornucopias. A portable writing desk which adds to the illusion that the room is part of a military camp. Draperies are pulled back to reveal the white marble fireplace and the over mirror. The room is warm and rich in appearance.

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