The Louvre Turns 220

Denbac French Art Nouveau Liquor Service (LEO Design)

On 10 August 1792, the “Storming of the Tuileries Palace” effectively brought an end to the French monarchy (later restored in 1814).  Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, were arrested and locked away—later to be killed.

This bloody chapter in French history was followed, exactly one year later, with the official opening of the Musée du Louvre—in the very palace of the former king.  The museum stands, to this day, one of the most important art collections in the world.

The Denbac Liqueur Service (shown above), may not have a royal lineage,  but it does survive an important period of French contribution to art and world beauty: the Art Nouveau.  Perhaps, in your own castle, you can raise a toast to departed kings and surviving museums.