The »Drawing Room of Plenty » was build in 1680 for Louis XIV to store rare paintings. At first, it was to be nothing more then a hallway, a Cabinet, for objects of art and a storage room for the fabulous collection of gold medals, locked in boxes inlaid with carved copper and tortoise shell.
The painted ceiling, a work from René-Antoine Houasse, who was student of Lebrun. Was painted around 1683 and represent the Abundance and Liberality: all around the ceiling, young men and young girls hold rares objects and the royal silverware, while looking toward the visitors.
At the center, we can appreciate the allegory of the Royal Magnificence and the progress done on great arts during his reign, while the four bronze busts around the room represent the descendants of Louis XIV. On both sides of the door, we see paintings of his son, the Dauphin and his oldest grand-son, the Duke of Burgundy. His grand-son, King Philip V of Spain, all three works are due to the talent of Hyacinthe Rigaud. Then, on the left, his great-grand-son, the future Louis XV, is one of the many copies of a lost original painting by Jean-Baptiste Van Loo.
Every Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, considered »Soirs d’Appartement » (apartments evenings), the room was becoming alive: these unofficial nights of entertainments where we can practice all sorts of games like cards, billiards or backgammon.
Valets were serving refreshments on the three set tables, like tea or coffee, whine and liquors. Most of the time, the evening was starting with a concert, continuing with dances and games which it seems people bet big. Then, when the time of the Grand Couvert comes, all guests were invited to the Venus Salon for a copious dinner.
We can also see in the room the great Royal nave represented above the door. The nave of the king, a jewel-shaped vessel dismasted, was placed on the table of the sovereign for special occasions, or at buffet. Symbol of power, that everyone should welcome the transition. It contained the towel of the king.
On the time of Louis XIV, every simple acts were becoming sacred and done prestigiously, even wipe the mouth of the sovereign!
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