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  Grand Trianon - Malachite Room.
by breughel

I always liked malachite (hydrated copper carbonate if my mineralogy souvenirs are right) it is thus with great pleasure that I discovered this ?Salon des Malachites? in the right wing (room n° 13) of the Grand Trianon.
In the beginning it was the ?Cabinet of Sunset? of Louis XIV, then the bedroom of the duchess of Burgundy and finally the drawing-room of emperor Napoleon I.

The blocks of malachite, extracted of the Ural Mountains, were offered to Napoleon by the tsar Alexander I after the signature of the treaty of Tilsitt. It should be known that at the time malachite was a Russian speciality. There is at the Palace of St-Petersburg another famous malachite room.
The furniture elements with malachite were created by Percier and realised by Jacob-Desmalter in 1809. The basin, the candelabra and the pieces of furniture with malachite top were initially at the Palais des Tuileries before they were moved to decorate this room of the Grand Trianon.
The remainder of the furniture of the room is decorated with fabrics of red colour what causes a seizing contrast with the green malachite.

Address: Grand Trianon, Domaine de Versailles
Phone: +33 1 30 83 78 00
Website: http://www.chateauversailles.fr/

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2013
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