No, not a book about a large cupboard: the Hôtel de la Marine, on place de la Concorde in Paris – mirror image of the famous Crillon hotel – is a storage facility on an altogether different scale. This was the royal family’s garde-meuble, or furniture store, and the whole building has been dazzlingly restored as only the French know how. This eye-poppingly gorgeous volume tells the whole tale, from the building’s design by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in the 18th century to the 21st-century renovation of its every last feature, right down to the doorknobs.
The French Royal Wardrobe (Jérôme Hanover & Gabriel Bauret, Flammarion, 2021, ISBN 9782080261328, 288pp, £65)
This book review was published in the March 2022 issue of France magazine.
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The photo at the top of this post is © Jean-Pierre Delagarde – Centre des Monuments Nationaux.