With mirrors a great luxury this was (and remains) to be one fabulous room in which to attend a party!
A mere 250 feet long, 17 arched mirrors with 17 matching windows with breathtaking views of the gardens; add in 24 gilded candelabra, eight busts of Roman emperors and a ceiling featuring Louis XIV – winning yet another battle.
No question that French landscaping was an art form in the 17th century as shown by André Le Nôtre who did the gardens of Versailles (pity the man whose garden Le Nôtre did before Louis XIV!)
The role was to transform nature with complicated geometrical designs that were created in beds and paths. The brilliant combination of the French love of rational design and the traditional Italian Renaissance garden was happily found.