Joséphine's Art & Bedroom Furniture

This gallery contains several pieces of furniture supplied by Monbro fils aîné and brought from the Bowes homes in both Paris and Louveciennes, including a bed and wardrobe that belonged to Joséphine. Many of the paintings in this room are works by Joséphine Bowes.

'Lit á la Duchesse' bed, possibly by Monbro fils aîné, Paris, c.1850

This giltwood bed in the Rococo style, carved with c-scrolls, shell-work and flowers has a separate canopy and curtains in silk brocade with red and white flowers on a blue ground. Like many wealthy and fashionable women of her day, Joséphine was fascinated by Marie Antoinette, the tragic heroine of the French Revolution, and furnished her homes with a combination of fine antiques and modern pieces in the Louis XVI style.

'Lit á la Duchesse' means a bed with a canopy supported without visible posts.

Wardrobe, Monbro fils aîné, 1855

This ornate mirror fronted wardrobe with two bays was brought to The Bowes Museum from one of the Bowes’ homes in France. The wardrobe is veneered in rosewood with decorative panels of floral marquetry, including brass and green horn on a thuya wood ground, with extensive ormolu mounts. The central door contains a large panel of mirror framed with ormolu c-scrolls, birds and clovers.