The dauphine’s private study
The present condition corresponds to the period when Louis XV’s son (Louis, Dauphin of France) and his second wife Marie-Josèphe de Saxe lived here between 1747 and 1765. This is where the little dauphin, the future Louis XVII, and his sister Madame Royale lived when the Revolution broke out.
Some of the natural panelling’s charming décor in “vernis Martin” remains; it has been completed and the scene above the door depicting the Four Seasons, which Jean-Baptiste Oudry painted for this room in 1749, has been put back into its original position.
Antoine Gaudreaux made the chest of drawers and Bernard Van Rysenburgh the sloping desk in 1745 for the first dauphine; both admirable pieces were used by the second.
A glazed door to the right of the niche, where a sofa once stood, provides access to the rear rooms.