After a private seance of washing and grooming, Madame de Pompadour would settle into a preliminary toilette phase as her audience trickled in.
Adorned in a lace neglige, Madame de Pompadour engaged in conversation with her courtly entourage as she was served breakfast, or petit dejeuner, at her dressing table. The petit dejeuner was also an opportunity for Madame de Pompadour to showcase her rococo silver service. An ewer and its accompanying basin collectively served as a “portable sink” and were used by Madame de Pompadour to wash her hands (Munger). The Marquise always drank chocolate as her morning beverage of choice, and would have likely had a recently invented silver chocolate pot to house her drink (Du Hausset).
In preparation for the face-painting and hair-styling to come, Madame de Pompadour’s servants would apply a base of powder to her face and through her hair–creating a blank canvas.
- La Toilette
- Original Use and Space
- The People
- Varengeville Room