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A collection of items related to Louis XVI and his family, with a focus on their captivity in the Temple, will be auctioned off in November by Coutau-Bégarie.
The collection was once owned by Viscount Alcide de Beauchesne, who was in the service of Louis XVIII and wrote a book about the life and death of Louis XVII.
Although the cataog for the auction is not yet available, it will include several writing exercises done by Louis Charles and corrected by his father while in the Temple; Madame Royale’s handwritten account of her journey from Paris to Basel; poetry written by Madame Royale in the Temple for Madame Chantereine; as well as numerous other personal effects and letters.

A collection of items related to Louis XVI and his family, with a focus on their captivity in the Temple, will be auctioned off in November by Coutau-Bégarie.

The collection was once owned by Viscount Alcide de Beauchesne, who was in the service of Louis XVIII and wrote a book about the life and death of Louis XVII.

Although the cataog for the auction is not yet available, it will include several writing exercises done by Louis Charles and corrected by his father while in the Temple; Madame Royale’s handwritten account of her journey from Paris to Basel; poetry written by Madame Royale in the Temple for Madame Chantereine; as well as numerous other personal effects and letters.

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[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

[Despite the influence Mme la Dauphine has on him, M. le Dauphin] has still not altered his extraordinary taste for all building work, such as masonry, carpentry, and others of the kind … He works himself with the laborers, moves the materials, beams, and paving stones[,]

—Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 17 July 1773

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

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Marie-Thérèse is the most unhappy creature in the world. She can obtain no news of her mother; nor be reunited to her, though she has asked it a thousand times. Live, my good mother! whom I love well, but of whom I can hear no tidings. O my father! watch over me from heaven above. O my God! forgive those who have made my family die.

A watercolor painting of Marie Thérèse Charlotte imprisoned in the Temple by Johanna Öst.
I purchased this recently and received it today—it’s even more lovely (and somber) in person!
[image source: Etsy]

Marie-Thérèse is the most unhappy creature in the world. She can obtain no news of her mother; nor be reunited to her, though she has asked it a thousand times. Live, my good mother! whom I love well, but of whom I can hear no tidings. O my father! watch over me from heaven above. O my God! forgive those who have made my family die.

A watercolor painting of Marie Thérèse Charlotte imprisoned in the Temple by Johanna Öst.

I purchased this recently and received it today—it’s even more lovely (and somber) in person!

[image source: Etsy]

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