Boudoir – the mysterious women's room
You may be wondering why I chose boudoir as the brand name for my jewelry. For me, this word immediately creates a feeling of femininity, mystery, and of course something French. And since everything French is near and dear to me, very quickly and naturally this little word turned into LE BOUDOIR de Simonne… But here's a bit of history to clear up any misunderstandings, and for a bit of general culture.
The boudoir of the Hotel Creon, transported and installed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Often the word "boudoir" leads to associations with love games. We owe this to the Marquis de Sade, known for his libertine views and his works, sounding like a true apology for sexual pleasures. By the way, one of his works is called "Philosophy in the boudoir" and tells about the erotic "training" of a 15-year-old girl by a tricked lady who introduces her to the love games and the innermost secrets of Venus. But what exactly is a boudoir?
A boudoir is a small, elegant parlor, usually situated between the dining-room and the bedroom, specially designed for the use of the ladies, and into which they retire when they wish to be alone or to talk with their girlfriends or confidants, and perhaps with lovers.
Architecture, manners and so on
The appearance of the boudoir in French mansions in the 18th century corresponded to a change in customs related to the development of relations between men and women, and had an impact on interior design and the organization of the various spaces in the home. While for bourgeois men public expression in salons became a way of affirmation, women spent some of their time in more intimate spaces. In fact, the salon becomes a place more for men's gatherings. And for the boudoir, we can only guess how this secret and exclusive female space fired the male imagination.
Queen Marie-Antoinette's Oriental boudoir at the Palace of Fontainebleau.
This period was also characterized by a profound change in the way the living space was organized, and therefore it is not surprising that the boudoir appeared precisely then, of course first in aristocratic mansions and apartments. The former "universal" rooms, the furniture of which varied widely (instead of a dining table for serving, trestles were brought there, and were taken away immediately after the meal was finished and served both as a place for receiving guests and for sleeping) began to have its specifics. The "room", still little defined at the end of the seventeenth century, began to be defined according to the function assigned to it, and thus appeared the dining room, the bathroom, and even the drawing room for receptions and guests. The boudoir, while fitting perfectly into this movement of differentiation of spaces, is an exception, as it doesn't really have a specific function other than to allow its owner to retreat and use it as he pleases.