France Sells Off Furniture to Fund Hospitals

April 30 2020

Image of France Sells Off Furniture to Fund Hospitals

Picture: The Guardian

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian have reported on news that the Mobilier National, the national French furniture collection, is selling off some one hundred pieces of furniture to fund hospitals. Bizarrely, they have picked items specifically from the reign of Louis-Philippe between the years 1830-48.

Furniture, despite being of enormous value and importance in the decorative arts, seems to be much more easily abandoned than paintings. The loss of such pieces can have dramatic and sad consequences for the integrity of historic interiors. By the looks of the accompanying press picture, these pieces were removed from their original setting long ago. Equally, it is much more difficult to store furniture than canvases on stretchers. No pictures mentioned of course this time, but might they be next in line?

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