Two moving souvenirs of little Louis XVII for sale at Versailles

Another “royal” sale of the House of Osenat is the auction in Versailles of two rare souvenirs of Louis XVII, son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, who died in the Temple prison at the age of 10.

A poignant page of children’s writing from the 1790s Lot #6 of the “royal” sale of the House of Osenat, scheduled for this Sunday, March 12, 2023, in Versailles, is a very rare testimony to the all-too-short life of Louis XVII. On five lines, little Prince Louis-Charles, the second son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, practiced signing.

A writing page of Prince Louis-Charles (the future King Louis XVII), circa 1790, in the Versailles sale by Maison Osenat on March 12, 2023

“This still clumsy spelling must date back to the very beginnings of the Dauphin’s teaching,” the House of Osenat explains. At the time, the children of France, Louis-Joseph – who died in 1789 – and Louis-Charles, had Pierre-Louis Sourdon Dumesnil de Saint-Cyr as a writing master. Who kept several handwritten assignments of his royal students. “So far, only three other documents of the same type have resurfaced,” it said.

The rest after this ad

A lock of the little prince’s hair

To this rare archive, estimated at €15,000 to €20,000, is added a second memorial to a young boy who died on June 8, 1795, aged just 10, in Temple Prison, where he had been imprisoned for nearly three years. , during the French Revolution. In this case, a strand of her hair. This is presented with two autograph documents, from Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI, in a collage on two soft cardboard sheets made in modern times. The whole is estimated at 18,000 to 25,000 euros.

A trickle of Louis XVII.  bearing two signature documents from King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, in the sale at Versailles by Maison Osenat on 12 March 2023
A trickle of Louis XVII. bearing two signature documents from King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, in the sale at Versailles by Maison Osenat on 12 March 2023

Leave a Comment