Originally built by Louis XV at the instigation of his mistress Madam de Pompadour, the tiny palace was to be an escape for Louis and his mistress in order to “relieve the king’s boredom”. Unfortunately, she died before its completion in 1768, so Louis next mistress, Madame du Berry enjoyed the results of this endeavor.
The tiny palace was her place of leisure and easy living, where she could get away from the strict ceremony, rigid rules and complex etiquette of the French court and royal family. In her personal domain, she was able to reject the old court and its traditions. She insisted on living as she wished in her chateau and no one was allowed to enter the Petit Trianon without her express permission.
In contrast to this, the ornate golden banister by Francois Brochois is decorated with vine-like organic motifs and Marie Antoinette’s initials.
Just beside these rooms is a display of precious china in the style that would have been used at the chateau.
True to the more intimate setting of the Petit Trianon, a lantern hangs from the ceiling instead of the chandeliers that hung in the main Palace of Versailles.
The diners would have dined by candle light from the chandelier which would have been reflected by the two large gilt wall mirrors. A bust of Marie Antoinette sits on the fireplace mantelpiece
The walls are painted in the pale green and white favored in the Petit Trianon. Several medallions containing the fleurs-de-lis of the French monarchy has been carved into the paneling along with Louis XV’s initials.
Musical instruments representing Marie Antoinette’s love of music are placed around the room. She also replaced Louis XV’s grand chandelier with a more intimate lantern. The lantern is gilded in bronze and decorated with blue lapis. Amazingly, the lantern was sold after the palace was ransacked during the French Revolution, but found and restored to the palace in 2008.
When Marie Antoinette moved into the Petit Trianon she used the room as her boudoir. She she ordered two movable mirrors that could be pulled up from the floor and cover the windows for privacy.
From the window in the bedchamber Marie Antoinette could look directly down at the gardens and the Temple of Love.
Some specific details regarding interior rooms thanks to thisisversaillesmadame.blogspot.dk