Salon Doré
The Gilded Room
camera, editor: Matt Dibble

The Salon Doré, an elaborate 18th century drawing room began its life in the Parisian home of a Count, was moved to New York by a U.S. senator, and eventually found a home at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The Corcoran undertook a much-needed restoration, removing two centuries of grime and bad repairs. A team of French artisans spent over a year repairing the carved wooden panels, using 18th century techniques and materials including rabbit glue, spit, garlic, and 30,000 sheets of gold leaf. The result is one of the finest surviving environments of the period.