Five brocades and a clock at Chambord

Today we're peeking inside the Chateau de Chambord rather than taking a look around the gardens outside the churchAnd rather than show you the large halls, that were easily 30ft wide by 90ft long and sparsely decorated I'm sharing some of the wall coverings we saw. The heavily brocade wallpapers appeared in many of the rooms. The patterns changed, as did the colours. Often gold was present, except in the blue which was in the chamber of the queen, Maria Theresa of Spain the first wife of Louis XIV in the seventeenth century.

 RED

RED

 PINK

PINK

 YELLOW

YELLOW

 BLUE

BLUE

 GREEN

GREEN

 FACADE CLOCK

FACADE CLOCK

Seeing them all together like this highlights the differences in the pattern, but as I wandered from room to room the patterns weren't quite so obvious.  The clock was set in the central window of the south facade and kept time over the chateau for three centuries and it worked using a cable and pulley system before being retired in 1950. 

The final two pictures I'm sharing were back in the chamber with the blue brocade wallpaper. At the end of the bed was this studded leather chest and beyond it was a cabinet inlaid with mother of pearl. Aren't they great?

An ornate leather studded chest
A intricately detailed chest inlaid with mother of pearl