9.29.2008

Chateau de Bagatelle





The 12th annual Fêtes des Jardins was held in gardens throughout the city this weekend. The Festival featured a variety of concerts, games and public tours. So, I decided this was a good time to return to the Jardin de Bagatelle to see the interior of the Chateau, which was closed during my previous visit.

Like the Petit Trianon, the Chateau de Bagatelle is a neoclassic architectural jewel. Both these houses remind me of music boxes; they are perfectly square, sweet, feminine and filled with treasures. The interior of the Bagatelle is well-preserved and beautifully outfitted with 18th and 19th century furniture, porcelain, and drawings. The décor is in soft shades of celadon, blue, pink and gray. Straight lines and pastel colors marked the beginning of the neoclassic period in France.

One of the most notable things about the Chateau is the amazing trompe l’oeil painting. Blue skies, billowing clouds, and cherubs painted by famous artist Hubert Robert create a light and cheerful space. The trompe l’oeil coffered ceiling in the music room is remarkable.

The dining room was fully furnished and beautiful as well. The table was laid with Sevres porcelain, 19th century crystal, and silver candelabra. A walnut rafraichissoir sat in the corner. These little tables were popular in the 19th century, as they were used to hold wine needed to refresh beverages during a meal.

The Chateau is one of many notable historic homes in Paris. I highly a recommend a visit.

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