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The Treaty of Versailles' desk

Palace of Versailles & Google Arts & Culture2018/2019

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
Versailles, France

3D model of the signature office of the Treaty of Versailles.
This flat desk veneered with amaranth is richly decorated in gilded bronze including, at the corners, four busts of women, the “Espagnolettes”. The heads bear small hats decorated with headdresses with large-feathers. The two shorter sides of the desk are decorated with masks of Bacchus. The desk, attributed to Charles Cressent, the most important cabinetmaker in Paris in the first quarter of the 18th century along with André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), illustrates the Regency style, transitional between the classical style of Louis XIV and Louis XV Rococo. In around 1715, André-Charles Boulle created this type of flat-top desk which met with great success throughout the 18th century. This desk was probably in Louis XIV’s Private Apartments at Versailles in 1744. It was found in the Tuileries and at Compiègne in the 19th century. On 28 June 1919, the peace treaty bringing the First World War to an end was signed on this desk in the middle of the Hall of Mirrors.

Full title : The 1919 Treaty of Versailles' desk


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