Restoration of the bed

Well preserved over the centuries thanks to the fact that it can be fully dismantled (into 27 pieces) and thus moved easily, the bed was nevertheless dirty, rusty, fragile, and corroded. It thus had to be restored before being put on display.

It was discovered that the extremities of all the visible parts (spindles, head, headpiece, crests) had once been decorated and embellished in red, and that the headpiece had been much richer in colour. In the 19th century, the entire bed had been repainted pale green with dark green highlights. As the original decoration was only visible as microscopic traces, the second stage was restored as fully as possible: repainting historical objects in museums is now avoided to prevent them from looking too new.

To finish off the bed, an oak edge was added: the semicircular feet, which bore no traces of paint, were designed to be hidden - old documents all show beds with such an edge.