A bedroom from the late fifteenth century

Most of the furniture in this late medieval bedroom came from the Château de Villeneuve-Lembron in the Auvergne region of France, property of Rigaut d’Oureille (1455-1517). The room, fitted with a fireplace and wood paneling, features a half tester bed, high-back one- and two-seat chairs, a stool, bench, chest and dresser.

Most of the furniture in this late medieval bedroom came from the Château de Villeneuve-Lembron in the Auvergne region of France, property of Rigaut d’Oureille (1455-1517), attendant to King Louis XI then maître d’hôtel to kings Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I.

The room, fitted with a fireplace and wood paneling, features a half tester bed, high-back one- and two-seat chairs, a stool, a bench, a chest, a dresser and a five-part wall hanging on the bedroom walls. The latter, woven in Paris around 1420, is decorated with courtly scenes inspired by the Roman de la Rose (the lovers’ meeting, the pastoral concert, etc), treated in a lively narrative style. The Italian majolica vases on the Gothic chest with its flamboyant tracery reflect the fashion for such objects during the reign of Anne of Brittany. The bedroom would have been lit by a fire in the hearth, by wax or tallow candles or by a bronze chandelier whose lights were only lit on reception days. The fireplace, with a pyramidal hood and carved lintel, features all the requisite accessories: andirons (forerunners of firedogs), a fire shovel and a cast iron plaque.

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