A Louis-Philippe style bedroom (1836-1840)

In terms of decoration, the reign of Louis-Philippe (1830-1848) saw a preference for national rather than classical history. References to the Middle Ages and Renaissance became fashionable in aristocratic and bourgeois homes. In 1838, the wealthy English banker Baron William Hope (1802-1855) fitted the bedroom of his mansion on Rue Saint-Dominique (now the Polish Embassy in Paris) with decorative wood paneling. The frieze of figures in sixteenth-century costume and the presence of color reflect a preference for the decorative vocabulary of the French Renaissance.

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