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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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Restoration of the Wardrobe Room of Louis XVI




After a year of work, the restoration of the Wardrobe Room of Louis XVI undertaken by Frédéric Didier, Chief Architect for Historic Monuments, has been completed thanks to the sponsorship of Lady Michelham of Hellingly and with the support of the Société des Amis de Versailles.

The Wardrobe Room of Louis XVI covered with carved wood panelling and crowned by an architectural cornice is exceptional for its extreme refinement.
The carved decoration of the panels was entrusted to the sculptor brothers Jean-Siméon and Jean-Hugues Rousseau, and this last commission in the Château produced one of their most brilliant achievements. Under the direction of the architect Richard Mique, they reaffirmed the individual style and composition that can be seen also in the decoration of the private apartments of Marie-Antoinette (gilt boudoir in 1783 and bathroom in 1784) as well as in the King’s Wardrobe Room. In a neo-classical style, the carved and gilt panels depict the principal domains of government: trade, agriculture, the navy, the armed forces, the sciences and the arts.

Based on a colour scheme common in the 18th century, the room is decorated in a harmony of white and gold: all the moulded plasterwork and carved panels are gilded and stand out against a background of white glue-based paint. The floor is covered by a parquet of typical Versailles boards with the chimney-piece forming their axis.
The room did not suffer significant damage under the Revolution. Apart from the fleurs-de-lys and other royal attributes that went into bonfires, it is probable that the mirrors were dismantled and sold. All the wood panelling was dismantled in 1939 and replaced after the war.

The probe campaign carried out on the paintwork and gilding in December 2001 by the Gilles Perrault workshop revealed the original existence of other motifs in the medallions, some of which escaped the bonfire. Likewise, in the top section of the panels, the three fleurs-de-lys of the hatched globes are 19th century restorations.

Private individuals Supporting Versailles, a gesture within everyone's reach

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