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The Collections of Napoleon and Josephine at Chateau de Malmaison Carole Petipher Tuesday 04 December 2018

Carole Petipher has over ten years' experience as a guide and lecturer on combined history/art tours in France. Life aboard river vessels on the Seine, Oise, Marne and Rhone has offered her the chance to explore and further research certain riverside locations linked to art, which has helped to develop an in-depth knowledge. Carole has also worked with The Arts Society as a guide for a privately owned stately home in the UK.


How was Napoleon such an excellent self-promoter? What was it that drove him? What on the other hand drove his wife? And what was it that made Napoleon and Josephine one of the most followed couples in history? These questions can be answered giving a true insight into their character by exploring the collections at the Chateau de Malmaison. The Estate, which was bought by the couple as their private retreat, away from the Pomp and Ceremony of the Official Residences, was made into a National Museum in 1905 amassing a huge collection of their possessions. Paintings, personal objects, complete room layouts, and magnificent pieces of porcelain are just some of the things on display. 


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