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The Chinese salon of the Empress Eugenie

    The Chinese Museum and the salon of the empress Eugenie were meant for relaxation and for intimate evenings of the royal court.
      Crédits photos : Beatrice Lecuyer
      Château de Fontainebleau
      Place du Général de Gaulle
      77300 Fontainebleau
      As famous as they are precious, these rooms, fitted out on Eugenie's orders in 1863, contain exceptional Far Eastern collections put on display by the Empress.
      They come from the imperial furniture store, from acquisitions made by Napoleon III and Eugenie, and from the sacking of the Summer Palace in Peking by the Franco-British expeditionary force in 1860. To this unusual and curious abundance of porcelain, jade and Buddhist liturgical objects were added the diplomatic gifts of the Siamese embassy, received in 1861 by the Emperor and Empress in the Ballroom of Fontainebleau. Adjacent to a salon in which Eugenie gathered an intimate society devoted to entertainment, the ensemble forms a unique and astonishing scenography, consecrating this "Chinese museum" as the last cabinet of curiosities in the history of the château.

      A guided tour will be offered on the theme "Splendors and backstage", discover the spaces, from the most intimate to the most theatrical, which made the reputation of the great stays in Fontainebleau during the Second Empire.


      Free entry for children < 26 years.

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      From 19/02 to 31/12 at 11.30 am.
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