Updated:11/16/2020 00: 57h
A shoe that belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette, executed in 1793 during the French Revolution, has been auctioned at Versalles for 43,750 euros, more than four times the starting price. The piece, for which different suitors at a distance bid, was finally taken by “a foreign private collector,” explained a representative of the Osenat auction house.
The experts had established as a reference before the sale a price of between 8,000 and 10,000 euros for this shoe, silk on the instep -which is partly frayed-, made of goatskin on the back and with a leather sole. It measures 22.5 centimeters long and 4.7 centimeters high at the heel, and has an inscription made with a feather on the heel that reads «shoe of Marie Antoinette given to the Lord of Vosey. ‘
It comes from the familia of Charles Gilbert de Lachapelle, that he was commissioner general of the house of King Louis XVI, and that as he was guillotined in the French Revolution, in his case in 1794. The reason that his family was the owner must be found in that his wife, Marie Emilie Leschevin, was a great friend of the queen’s first lady of the chamber, Mrs Campan.
A commissioner involved in the sale stressed that there is no doubt that the shoe belonged to the queen, although there are unknowns about how the distribution was made, since, for example, the fate of the other shoe that completed the pair is not known. At the same auction a wooden wardrobe chest was also awarded to “a great collection of France” which was from Marie Antoinette before becoming queen for 27,500 euros, again well above the estimate, which had been established at between 6,000 and 8,000 euros.