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 Versailles and the revolutionaries 
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Therese wrote:
The Grand Trianon was where Marie-Antoinette's baby Spohie died, so they did use it occasionally.

Versailles was used as apartments for many years after the revolution. Old soldiers and pensioners lived there. The Revolutionaries were practical enough to see it as valuable living space. Napoleon wanted to live there but he did not have the money to refurbish it.


That's so sad.

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Here a photograph of an overnight bag of Marie-Antoinette exposed in versailles that I took (it is my head which one sees in reflection in the pane :lol: ) :
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It is noted that Marie-Antoinette was very meticulous person :wink:

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Chou ! :D

isn't it her necessaire, that she transported to Montmedy ?

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Pim! :D

Yes it is! :D

Marie-Antoinette had ordered another like this one for Montmédy. It appears that it was very heavy to carry… what is not astonishing… this necessaire comprises really many tools :D
She wanted to stay Queen even in escape…I love!

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Very, very interesting!!

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Merci Louis-Charles! I also imagined right away her travel to Montmedy with it!


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And here a photo taken too in Versailles, of table crockery used by Marie-Antoinette :D

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Exquisite!

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Yes I like her tastes :D
It is in the same time refined and simple :wink:

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What are those small cups on the middle shelves? For sauces? Tea?


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I don't know...but I think for tea or coffee indeed :D

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In referance to the necessaire:

Only the barest of necessities, eh? :lol:

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also in reference to la necessaire,
the picture was taken in her salle des bains correct?
if its still in the same place, last i saw it.


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Jules de Polignac wrote:
I've read that some Girondin revolutionaries wanted to sell Versailles... It was not a bad idea...But what happened to Versailles during Napoleon and during the Restauration?


Versailles was designated an imperial palace in the 1804 constitution during the reign of Napoleon, but he did not use it, staying there only night IIRC. I can't find it, but I remember reading somewhere once about Josephine staying in MA's apartments and declaring that she would not spend another night in them; something seemed to have spooked the French Empress....however, Napoleon did furbish a few rooms for his second wife; and like stated earlier, it served as part of the Hôtel des Invalides.

The Restoration saw little activity for Versailles; some of the gardens were replanted but there was no restoration of any of the rooms. Louis XVIII would often visit and walk through the empty halls; Charles X however chose to stay at the Tuileries Palace. I can't say I blame them...I imagine after 1814 the Restored Bourbons would've found it difficult to look at Versailles...a sort of holy ground, if you will. Napoleon had the Temple Prison destroyed to prevent it from becoming a Royalist Pilgrimage site. plus, the Revolution had established the fact that the King (or whoever) needed to be close to their people...one must remember that Versailles was some distance from Paris. I imagine public opinion might've been quite negative had the Bourbons chosen to live in Versailles after the Revolution.

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Louis XVIII was very superstitous, he used to walk through Versailles empty halls and obeyed the etiquette strictly. Bowing at the throne that was no longer there, in front of the royal beds etc...


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