Le Louvre des Antiquaires (Grands Magasins du Louvre) Historic Structure Le Louvre des Antiquaires is a historic structure in Paris, France on the Place du Palais-Royal. The building was designed by Alfred Armand and was constructed in 1855 as a hotel, the Grand Hôtel du Louvre. The enormous building was gradually converted to a department store, with the hotel finally closing in 1887. The department store, Grands Magasins du Louvre, operated until 1974. The building was then converted to an antiques mall, Le Louvre des Antiquaires. That business closed in 2015, and the building is currently being converted to a luxury shopping mall, set to open in 2020.
This wonderful antique is from the earliest days of this impressive and historic place. Lovely lines with cabriole legs and delightful painted floral motif. Beautiful patina. Generally wonderful condition. C. 1887-88. The top opens to reveal a lovely mirror and storage for milady's beauty accessories, cosmetics and puffs. Perfect for your 16-18" fashions or bébés.
This item has a repaired hinge that is not disturbing. Generally the paint is in lovely condition with a wonderful patina. Minor flaking on the legs here and there; again not distracting. It has truly been well cared for over the last 130 years!