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array of miniature landscapes. Walls were painted in shades that complemented the printed cottons and striped silks selected for the windows and beds. Far from ostentatious, these rooms were inviting and comfortable and reminiscent of the decorator’s playful designs for Biddle’s friends the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, at their country house, the Moulin de la Tuilerie.

Margaret Thompson Biddle died on June 9, 1956, soon after attending a gala in Paris, in honor of King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece.7 Her funeral was attended by three former prime ministers of France and the supreme allied commander in Europe. Les Embruns was left to Biddle’s two children from her first marriage, and many of its contents were eventually sold through Christie’s of Monaco in June 1994.8


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Jansen showcases 30 of the company's most alluring commissions, including rooms for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Shah and Shahbanou...

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