Large napkin used by Queen Marie-Antoinette,... - Lot 53 - Osenat

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Large napkin used by Queen Marie-Antoinette,... - Lot 53 - Osenat
Large napkin used by Queen Marie-Antoinette, used during the Rite of the Sacrament, and kept by the chaplain of Reims, Monsignor Coussy Rectangular, damasked, decorated with fleurs-de-lis in leafy wreaths on the periphery and a bouquet of roses in the centre. 105 x 75 cm. With its original note in pencil preserved under glass: "Napkin used by Marie-Antoinette during the coronation, and which has been preserved by Mgneur de Coussy who used it during his emigration and from whom we have it". "A.B.E. (Tasks, wear and tear). Around 1775. Provenance: Sale Me Marc FERRI (Drouot Rive gauche), March 8, 1979, n°131, Expert Robert Jean Charles. History : The royal couple will keep a very good memory of the ceremony of the Rite and the consecutive festivities. Marie-Antoinette will write to her mother that "the coronation was perfect [...]. The Church ceremonies [were] interrupted at the moment of the coronation by the most touching acclamations. I could not hold it, my tears flowed in spite of myself, and I was grateful.... It is an astonishing and happy thing to be so well received two months after the revolt, and in spite of the high price of bread, which unfortunately continues" Biography: Jean-Charles de Coucy (1746-1824). He was appointed chaplain to the Queen by patent of 28 January 1776. Then he became canon of Reims. When the Revolution began, he was the Grand Vicar of the Archbishop of Rheims. Appointed Bishop of La Rochelle by Louis XVI on 23 October 1789, his appointment was confirmed by Pius VI on 14 December. His monarchist convictions led him into exile in Spain. From 1791 he experienced a difficult emigration. Settling in Guadalajara, he organised a mutual aid fund for exiles and sought the financial support of the Spanish high clergy. He refused his resignation from Pius VII in 1801, contributing to the schism of the Little Church of the Deux-Sèvres. Refractory to the Civil Constitution of the clergy, he also became refractory to the Concordat. In 180
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