Will you sponsor the Saloon?
The spectacular Saloon is where George IV met guests before dinner. It reopened in 2018 after a six year restoration project.
You can become a sponsor of this virtual room from £95. To find out why it’s so special listen to our Royal Pavilion curators discuss the Saloon.
Sponsor this room
Become a Silver Sponsor with a donation of £95 or more. As a Silver Sponsor, you can add a message to be pinned to the virtual Saloon.
Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual Saloon and will also receive a high quality photographic print of the room.
The print will be made by the local photographer who made these images, Jim Holden. Printed onto high quality photographic paper, this is a work of art that will acknowledge your support as a sponsor and provide an attractive picture for your for your home.
The print will be approximately A4 size and posted out to you following your donation.
Why sponsor this room?
Our Royal Pavilion curators David Beevers and Alexandra Loske explain why the Saloon is so special.
‘Today when we think of saloon we think of a saloon bar in a pub don’t we or a saloon car or something like that? So what is a saloon? It’s a very formal reception room and it derives from the French ‘salon’ and which itself derives from the Italian ‘salone’ both of which we mean large reception rooms, and it was a room, it started life as a drawing-room. It’s interesting it started life when it was built in 1787. It was called the drawing-room wasn’t called the Saloon. It was called the Saloon from about 1802 onwards which indicates a change of status an upward change of status. It was the main reception room in the Pavilion. This is where George would greet his guests. This is where he would lead his guests into dinner in the Banqueting Room, with the woman of highest rank on his arm, or if there were two women of equal rank one on each arm, which has always slightly puzzled me because George was very large and with two women, either side of him, how would three of them get through the door to the Banqueting Room? Never quite managed to work out how that might happen, and he would come into this room and expect to find all his guests standing. I mean the men will be standing anyway, the women would initially be seated and would stand when he went into the room, then he’d have these sort of conversations with people and then lead them out. So the room was designed to impress and it’s recently been restored to its appearance in 1823, one of the most lavish rooms in the Pavilion. It’s currently furnished with most of its original furnishings, which gives the sense of overwhelming profusion that the Pavilion must have had when it was a royal palace. We only get a bit of a faded fade of this today. I mean, it’s still pretty lavish the Pavilion my goodness, but it was overwhelmingly lavish in George’s day. And you do get a sense of that in the Saloon today with the return of the royal loans.’
‘The Saloon has a very, very strong colour theme. It’s one of the three main rooms in the building. So it had to be regal and you know beautifully designed and it had to be a complete work of art, which this is. It’s also a very late room in terms of interior decoration, and what you see here is of course the Regal red, which is His Majesty’s geranium red silk designed for him but we also have it in combination with gold, that’s to be expected and silver and this is really unusual. So that shimmering and the combination of gold and silver both in gilding but also in so to speak prints, so it’s on the walls as a stenciling. We have replaced it with platinum which has the same effect, but doesn’t tarnish but it’s a really unusual combination that we find in a few other places in Europe, but this is in a really, really important example of that rare use of silver in combination with gold and then of course primary colours red and blue there in the carpet..’