Napoleon Bonaparte Bed at Villa Pisani

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Trouvais Villa Pisani Napoleon Bonaparte bed

As promised…Napoleon Bonaparte’s bed at Villa Pisani…with some major swag. Napoleon bought the early 18th c Italian villa in 1807, spent one night there, and evidently deemed it too…small.

Trouvais Villa Pisani Napoleon Bonaparte bed

The bed is rich with symbolism. The eagle has been associated from antiquity with military victory, and was quickly adopted by Napoleon, placed on his coat of arms, and after his coronation, atop every flag pole in the Napoleonic army. I’m showing you this close up so you can appreciate the Empire bling on top of the bed…of course…but also the hand blocked wallpaper frieze. The wallpaper throughout the villa was an extraordinary feature. Trouvais Villa Pisani Napoleon's bed

See the “three graces” in a medallion on the ceiling? Greek mythological symbols for charm, beauty and creativity. Trouvais Villa Pisani Napoleon Bonaparte bedroom

Balancing the voluminous swags of satin and copious gold passementerie and gilding …classic pared down Empire style furniture and stripes, and that great pieced, distressed mirror. Trouvais Villa Pisani Napoleon Bedroom

Trouvais Villa Pisani Napoleon bed

I would have loved to have toured each and every Palladian Villa in the Veneto but felt lucky to have talked my family into touring this one. More info here. Slide show below shows the fabulous ballroom with frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo, and some other over the top gorgeous rooms. I also added a slideshow to the previous post after I originally posted with many more examples of the original wallpaper.

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A few quick photos for my patient readers! You might remember I did a post a few years ago called August Gardens (click to view) that referred to Villa Pisani, one of Italy’s most celebrated 18th c Palladian villas. Villa Pisani was built c. 1735-40 for the procurator of St. Marks in Venice, later purchased by Napoleon, who stayed in it only one night. The earlier post has a video attached that will show you an overview of the Villa, grounds and outer buildings. I dropped by the Villa last September after a few days in Venice. Here are some of my favorite photos.

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A bright sunny day with huge skies and just a trace of gossamer clouds…the statutes blanched by the brightness…
Villa Pisani TrouvaisA classically influenced sedan chair…on the second floor of the villa…neoclassical influence on furniture and wallpaper…
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And a bit of 18th c Rococo …

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More early wallpaper. Love the custom of displaying larger paintings over smaller, and the way they are inset into a cartouche.

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Indiennes print on a young ladies bed…

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It was fabulous…like someone had just packed their bags, called the carriages, and rushed out. Time standing still …for centuries…

Villa Pisani TrouvaisFor Napoleon lovers…I’ll add a few more photos in another post…including the bed he slept in…

Additional photos in slide show below. Have a wonderful weekend!

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