The marbles of Versailles
An ostentatious decorative material that was much appreciated by Louis XIV, marble was used in the most sumptuous rooms at Versailles. Sarrancolin, Campan, Brèche de Sauveterre and many other types of marble are now used in the works by La Maison des Cailloux, official supplier of the Palace.
Faïencerie de Gien
Boxes of plates depicting Marie-Antoinette and views of the estate of Versailles are now available in the Palace's shops and on the online-shop. To produce these plates, the Palace of Versailles chose La Faïencerie de Gien, famous for its know-how and for its high-quality products. Its craftsmen work on every piece with scrupulous attention paid to the details.
The coach Gallery
The Coach Gallery of the Palace of Versailles, situated in the King's Great Stables and closed to the public since 2007, will once again be opening its doors in the spring of 2016, thanks to sponsorship by the Michelin Corporate Foundation. This recently restored collection of coaches is one of the largest in Europe but is still very little known by the general public, and will be on display in a new and fully redesigned space.
During the Ancien Régime the royal stables were located in the King's Small Stables and Great Stables, a pair of buildings built opposite the Palace of Versailles by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Pearls of classic French architecture, these two constructions were designed to house the horses and coaches of the King and the Court as well as the thousand or so people who formed the Institution, including horsemen, drivers, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, saddlers, doctors and even musicians.