A Marie-Antoinette shoe up for auction

An elegant white shoe that belonged to Queen Marie-Antoinette, in silk and kid goatskin, will be auctioned on Sunday in Versailles, announced the Osenat auction house based in this city.

This shoe, offered at the starting price of 8,000 to 10,000 euros, is one of the most noticed works of this auction entitled “Royalty at Versailles”, along with a painting, “Molière invited to the King’s table Soleil “, by François-Jean Garneray, one of the rare works showing the king and the writer together (40,000 / 60,000 euros).

White in color, this shoe is 22.5 cm long, in silk on the front third and in kidskin on the back, with a leather sole, decorated on the instep with four superimposed pleated ribbons. The heel is 4.7 cm high. It is in fairly good condition although the silk is frayed.

It would have been given to Marie-Emilie Leschevin, a close friend of Madame Campan, the Queen’s first chambermaid. It would then have been kept since the end of the 18th century by the descendants of this woman, wife of Charles-Gilbert de Lachapelle.

This commissioner general of the Maison du Roi, charged by Louis XVI with protecting the relics of the Sainte-Chapelle, was to perish in guillotine in 1794.

In May, a travel trunk from Marie-Antoinette’s suite and a large napkin that had been used for her during the coronation of 1775 were sold at high amounts, during a sale also organized by the Osenat house.

In June, the decryption of the secret correspondence between Marie-Antoinette and the Count of Fersen, kept at the National Archives, brought new revelations, in particular voluntary redactions.

The personality of the queen of Austrian origin decapitated under the Terror continues to fascinate. In October 2019, an exhibition at the Conciergerie retraced the evolution of Marie-Antoinette’s representations through more than 200 pieces: paintings, manga, Barbie dolls, films.

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