This section of the Louvre can make even the richest person gasp in awe. Every detail is crazy luxurious but what’s even more interesting is people actually lived here years ago, occupying such opulent spaces.
The areas of what is known these days as Napoleon III apartments were redecorated for the Ministry of State during the Second Empire. At that time, they were among the brand new section of the Louvre constructed from 1852 to 1857 by Louis Visconti as the initial architect then later Hector-Martin Lefuel to connect the Louvre and Tuileries palaces. In 1856 and 1861, the project was carried out and managed by Lefuel under the guidance of the Minister of State, Achille Fould. The reception rooms, lavishly decorated in the Louis XIV fashion, have kept their original ornament and furniture. The private apartments are located on both sections of the lead staircase. In 1871, following the Paris Commune, the rooms were given to the Ministry of Finance.
Napoleon III Apartments, Grand Salon
The Grand Salon is the largest and most luxurious area of the reception apartments.
Surrounded by vibrant colors of red velvet and gold contrasts. Chandeliers meant to light the enormous spaces filled with lush crimson chairs.
The large drawing room of the Napoleon III Apartments exemplifies the period’s fascination for lavish interiors. The ceiling features The Reuniting of the Louvre and the Tuileries by Napoleon III painted by Charles-Raphaël Maréchal while the extravagant stucco decors are by Tranchant.
Maréchal was the son of the glass painter who trained him at a young age the charcoal technique. In 1872, the City of Metz purchased a huge charcoal artwork entitled “Prayer In The Wilderness”, which Maréchal had created for the Metz Exposition of 1861.
The Napoleon III apartments are located in the Richelieu wing on the 1st floor in Room 87. One of the museum’s satisfied visitor was Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mohamed Dekkak, who has recently arrived in Paris and was able to squeeze a trip to the Louvre given his tight schedule. Mr. Dekkak appreciates art that he has collected numerous paintings through the years.