The Queen’s chamber
The chamber is the main room of the apartment, the one where the Queen spent most of her time. She slept here, often joined by the King. In the morning, she received here during and after her Toilette, which constituted a Court event as regulated by etiquette as the Lever du Roi [Rising of the King]. It was here, too, that births took place in public: nineteen "Children of France" were born here. The décor retains the memory of the three queens who occupied the room: the compartmentalisation of the ceiling dates back to Queen Marie-Thérèse, but the monochrome paintings by Boucher were produced for Marie Leszczinska, as were the wood panels. All these elements were preserved in the time of Marie-Antoinette for whom only the furniture and the fireplace were supplied new.
When the palace was invaded by the rioters on 6 October 1789, Marie-Antoinette managed to escape from them through the little door on the left of the alcove, giving onto a corridor which gave access to the Queen’s internal apartments, a dozen small rooms reserved for her private life and her servants. During the Revolution the palace was not looted, but the furniture was sold at auctions which lasted a whole year. Some items were found, such as the Schwerdfeger jewel case, which is to the left of the bed, or the fire screen, others were replaced by equivalent pieces: this applies to the chairs, partly supplied to the Countess of Provence, the Queen’s sister-in-law and partly for the visit of the King of Sweden, Gustav III. As for the fabrics which covered the bed and walls, they were re-woven in Lyon from the original cartoons. The bed and balustrade were resculpted from the old documents.