Guest Apartments for the Court of Napoleon III

Napoleon III and Eugenie’s visits to the château brought together visitors from a wide social circle, no longer just courtiers. Their visitors were accommodated in luxuriously-appointed apartments with all contemporary mod cons and rooms were laid out in the style of a grand hotel.

Apartment no.48, situated on the second floor above the antechamber to Napoleon I’s inner apartment, overlooks the Jardin de Diane. Its location implies that it would generally be allocated to guests in the imperial couple’s intimate circle. The walls are decorated with bold blue-flowered paper which was used in guest apartments elsewhere within the château. The bed linen and upholstery match the wallpaper. The mahogany furniture, exceptionally extensive Sevres porcelain toilette accoutrements, office furnishings and lighting features, and the wooden chest are a good indication of the consistent levels of bourgeois comforts which the sovereigns’ guests enjoyed. A hundred or so similar apartments could have been available at this time.

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