Marie-Antoinette’s bed – « Furniture with ears of corn »- Act I (English Version)
The bed is carved by Pierre-Claude Triquet. All the paintings of the furniture are entrusted to Jean-Baptiste Chaillot of Prussia, painter, which makes say the page Hézecques that « the liveliness of the colors defied the brush most exercised. «
The bed is sold in 1793 with the rest of the Petit Trianon furniture but is not found, unlike other furniture in this room that have returned to their original place: « a bed of pulpit to preach, with columns and trellises, married in jasmine and honeysuckle, complete with his fabrics in the white Indian basin, embroidered in wool with his cords « . It is replaced by a bed created in 1780 for the castle of Fontainebleau and repainted with the colors of the original furniture as part of a restitution.
Within the project, I intend to make the « Furniture with ears of corn » (Mobilier aux épis) with its original fabric. So I decided to recreate a bed by taking the codes of the rest of the furniture. This bed is totally different from the evocation presented at the Petit Trianon. Also, I redesigned the whole fabric (sheets, bolster ..) by taking elements of the real fabric, on Photoshop.
For the realization of the bed, started on February 15, 2018, I made several tests before finding the result that I had set. The headboard has been modified twice, then it was the turn of the realization of sheets, that I retouched 4 times and March 28, I finally have the desired result .. and the construction could finally resume ..
I put its realization on pause April 07, 2018, because a new element was an obstacle: the curtains of bed. In paper, rendering did not render as expected and damaged the bed sky. So they will be made of fabric but for that, it will be necessary to be patient.
To follow in part 2 ..
|Initial date of creation for the project: Feb. 15, 2018
Creation date with the current fabric: March 28. 2018
Location: The Queen’s Chamber
Dimensions: 144 x 205 x 133 mm – 5.6 x 8.07 x 5.2 inch
Materials: Wood, cardboard, paper (sheets), yarn – Acrylic paint