The King's interior cabinet
This "corner room", as it was commonly called, benefits from a double exposure, overlooking the Cour de Marbre and the Cour Royale. Louis XV often came here, and it was from the balcony of this room that, with tears in his eyes, he watched the departure of the funeral procession taking away Mme de Pompadour, one winter evening in 1764. Although it was redecorated several times during his reign, the décor of the woodwork remains one of the most beautiful works by Jacques Verbeckt, who carved the panels in 1753. This room once again has its original furniture, and in particular the roll-top or cylinder desk commissioned from Œben in 1760 and finished by Riesener nine years later. This is the first piece of furniture of this type, which satisfied the King's wish to be able to leave his papers on his desk out of sight. Remarkable for the beauty of its inlaid tableaux and bronzes, it is also a mechanical marvel: just a quarter of a turn of the key is sufficient to open or lock both the cylinder lid and all the drawers.