The Saloon – A Royal Room Restored

Restored to the dazzling splendour of its original interior design, the Saloon re-opened to the public on 8 September 2018. Decorated for King George IV in 1823, visitors can step into a room of breath-taking beauty and experience history at its visually stunning best.

The painstaking and highly-skilled work has involved recreating the original silver and ‘pearl white’ wall decoration, using platinum leaf instead of silver to prevent tarnishing, installing specially-woven silk panels and magnificent drapery and conserving and restoring the gilded frames and surfaces.

Brighton Royal Pavilion Restoration of the Saloon Picture by Jim Holden

The original Robert Jones designed cabinets have been restored and reinstated and the floor is transformed by the fitting of a reproduction of the original circular carpet which features a lavish design of dragons, sun rays and lotus leaves.

A Prince’s Treasure: The Royal Collection Returns to Brighton

As part of A Prince’s Treasure the magnificent ‘Kylin’ clock has been returned to the chimneypiece. This was bought in France specifically for the Saloon. The clock is embellished with Asian porcelain. On either side are turquoise-glazed Chinese Buddhistic lions. These are often known as kylins, after a mythical Chinese animal. Above the clock is a Japanese group of a seated Buddha between two children. Around the figures is ornate gilt-bronze foliage, including lotuses and sunflowers. The sunflower is one of the main motifs in the Saloon and can be seen on many other
objects in the room.

You can see more of the Saloon before you visit by watching the video below, or using this 360 degree panorama.

The restoration project has been externally funded following a successful fundraising campaign led by The Royal Pavilion & Museums Foundation, with generous support from the public, numerous trusts and the charity’s patrons and members.

More information

Pages in this section