The secretaire and commode were ordered, along with a matching
corner cupboard, for the queen's cabinet-intérieur
at Versailles. All three were installed in her private apartments
for three years, before being moved briefly to the Trianon. In 1787,
the secretaire and commode were sent to Saint-Cloud, the beloved
château that Louis XVI had purchased for his wife two years earlier.
They were still in Marie-Antoinette's cabinet-intérieur
- a large corner room, looking out towards Paris - when the
French Revolution broke out and the ancien
régime came crashing down.