Two souvenirs of the Comte de Chambord, grandson of King Charles X, for sale at Versailles

Locks of the hair of Henri d’Artois, Count of Chambord, and a very elegant box that would have belonged to him, will appear in the catalog of the next “Royalty” sale of the Maison Osenat in Versailles this Sunday.

He remained in history under the name of Count of Chambord. Grandson of King Charles

As the Osenat auction house prepares to sell at auction, this Sunday, October 8, 2023, at Versailles, pieces from an important private collection – including a very rare French marshal’s baton given by King Louis XVI in 1783 to Jacques-Philippe de Choiseul, Comte of Stainville – two plots of land associated with the Count of Chambord appear in the catalogue.

Locks of the hair of the Count of Chambord, on sale at Osenat in Versailles on October 8, 2023

On one side, a small oval box contains nine strands of her hair. These are accompanied by a handwritten paper giving this princely provenance and specifying that they were given to the author of this note by a friend in May 1837 – Henri d’Artois was then 16 years old (estimate €1,000-1,500).

A small Neo-Gothic box with a secret bottom

The second item is a very nice Neo-Gothic box in iron and engraved and carved bronze (estimate €3,000-€5,000). It is decorated with ivory figurines representing the king, queen and saints at the four corners and a shield with the letter H on the lid. H as Henri d’Artois to whom it would belong.

A box that would have belonged to the Count of Chambord, grandson of King Charles
A box that would have belonged to the Count of Chambord, grandson of King Charles

This box, equipped with a double secret bottom, dates from around 1840 and comes from the house of Alphonse Giroux, “one of the most prestigious stationers in Paris, established at 7, rue du Coq-Saint-Honoré between 1826 and 1848,” Osenat specifies , emphasizing that he mainly produced bindings for the Count of Chambord.

A box that would have belonged to the Count of Chambord, grandson of King Charles
A box that would have belonged to the Count of Chambord, grandson of King Charles

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