Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Did much furniture survive the French revolution?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Some did, certainly. But the largest collection of mid to late 18th Century French furniture can actually be found in Buckingham Palace.

    This is due to King George IV (then the Prince Regent) and his love for all things elegant, sending operatives to revolutionary France to purchase furniture, paintings and decorative art from those who had helped themselves to the contents of the homes of the French aristocracy. He successfully amassed quite a collection, paying substantially less than the actual value of each piece as those who'd originally stolen them didn't realise how much they were worth.

    Unfortunately, poor old George never got the chance to fully appreciate them in the setting he bought them for as he died in 1830, just before Buckingham Palace was fully completed. His brother who inherited the throne, William IV, hated George's acquisitions and never moved into the palace saying, "It's full of my brothers knick-knackery" and preferred to live at his own purpose-built home, Clarence House. The first British monarch to use the collection was the two royal brothers niece, Queen Victoria, being the first to live at Buckingham Palace following her accession to the throne in 1837.

  • 1 month ago

    Plenty of it did.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Some does, often shipped out of France, but a lot was lost. Waddesdon Manor in England is furnished with boiserie (panelling) from French Aristo's houses for example. Some furniture is in the Royal Collection, purchased by the Prince Regent. After WW2 when Country Houses were broken up, contents were auctioned off, some pieces were exported to the States and others acquired for museums. 

  • Prince
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    1 month ago

    Not in France actually. The revolution went so crazy that the little Dauphin, called "Citoyen Capet" by the revolutionists, was gradually beaten to death over a period of several months. He was ten years old. And the poor Princesse de Lamballe returned from safety in Austria to stay with Marie Antoinette to the end, and the revolutionists cut off her breasts and paraded them around Paris. In the blazing burning light of the fires of the Enlightenment, not much beautiful furniture survived in France. Ironically enough, the wealthiest family in the French Empire before 1792 (there were several families wealthier than King Louis XVI) were the Pavageaus who owned thousands of slaves on Saint Domingue (Haïti) and hundreds of thousands of acres throughout the Caribbean which, in those days, included New Orleans. They had incomparable wealth and enough of their furnishings survived the Haitian Slave Revolt to re- furnish the Chateaux and palaces of France after the fires of revolution burned out in France. Notably the Chateau de Villandry, owned by cousins of the Pavageaus, was refurnished from their vast stores, but that barely scratched the surface. Pavageau wealth was legendary and they married with the family of the Marquis de Lotbinière who moved to Louisiana from Canada and worshiped in the Cathedral of St Louis on Jackson Square wearing the Cordon Bleu and the Order of the Saint Esprit and sometimes red robes lined with ermine on state occasions. A member of the Pavageau family after the family lost Haiti and Napoleon had restored Monarchy, hung around the imperial Court of the Empress Josephine and made Buonaparte so jealous that 2 agents of the Emperour chased him out of Paris. After the Bourbon Restoration, one of them, in favour of one of the brothers of Louis XVI or his daughter's husband, one of the Pavageau brothers was given the mayoralty of a French city, though the family continued to be based in New Orleans. This despite the family intermarrying with their own slaves. Alcide Pavageau, because of this mixed blood, was the Grand Marshall of the Mardi Gras" of the Second String" for forty years, Second String referring to the mulatto families of New Orleans. A few of the débutante Balls around New Orleans exclude families of less than pure White French stock, but Alcide Pavageau headed the rest of Society's Balls during the season and was the father of Jazz in the Thirties. Gradually the Pavageau family furniture collections found their way back to France to fill the homes of the restored aristocracy. 

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  • 1 month ago

    The French revolution devolved into a pack of atheists going around killing as many people as they could, in fact they could not do it fast enough so they had to invent a better way to kill people.  Furniture survived, maybe some of the extravagant types in rich homes did not. 

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