King's Chamber, Vaux-le-Vicomte
This very important decor of a Chambre de Parade has been recreated in the spirit of the 17th century – identical reproduction of all the ancient elements missing on the walls, rythmed by pilasters embroidered with antique gold metallic thread, pleated ribbon, and galon. The metal-wrapped thread is worked in relief with a needle on a cotton linter, mat and shining effects are obtained through alternating ‘brick stitch’ and couching, to emphasize the impression of relief.
The headrest is composed of acanthus and polychromatic grotesques embroidered with woolen, silk and cotton threads, sustained by antique gold metallic thread embroidered elements echoing the pilasters.
This work demonstrates the importance given to embroidery in historical decoration. Synonymous of luxury, embroidery was giving life to walls hung with magnificent brocades and underlined the specific character of every decor, adding to it ever more grandeur.
Copyright: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte private collection.