The exhibition “Fleurs du Roi” is held this summer.
Text from Château de Versailles.

この夏の特別展「Fleurs du Roi」の案内です。Château de Versaillesから、文と意訳です。


The King’s Flowers

The Grand Trianon and its gardens © EPV / Jean-Marc Manaï

The watercolours on vellum of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle


The exhibition presents some of the precious watercolours on vellum from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Begun by the painter Nicolas Robert for Gaston d’Orléans, who bequeathed it to his nephew Louis XIV, this collection was progressively enriched by the King’s miniature painters (Jean Joubert, Claude Aubriet, Madeleine Basseporte).
Until the reign of Louis XVI, these painters visited the royal gardens to paint the most remarkable flowers in them. Entrusted to the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle by the Revolutionaries, this fragile and delicate collection was added to throughout the 19th century and returns to Versailles for the exhibition.




The paintings

Included in the exhibition, the works of Jean Cotelle which are on permanent display in the Grand Trianon give us a glimpse of what the gardens and groves of Versailles looked like when laid out under the reign of Louis XIV. Still lifes and portraits of ladies carrying bouquets from the collections of Versailles are also presented.


The Porcelain Trianon

The Porcelain Trianon, the ephemeral first palace of Trianon which existed from 1670 to 1687, is evoked thanks to fragments of porcelain found in the Versailles estate.


Scented gardens

Dusty miller (silene coronaria)
Paris, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle
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Previously called “Flora’s Palace”, the Grand Trianon has always been dedicated to flowers. To coincide with the exhibition, the gardeners have replanted the parterres of Trianon based on period documents to recreate the floral atmosphere of the 17th century.


White lilies
Paris, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
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The heady scents of white lilies, stock and tuberoses of Provence sweeten the air in the gardens of the Grand Trianon, as in the time of the Sun King. Like in those days, they are planted in pots so that they can be changed regularly.