The French Royal Wardrobe

The Hôtel de la Marine Restored


This volume goes behind the scenes to reveal the history and metamorphosis of the Hôtel de la Marine, a treasure of Parisian heritage.


ISBN: 9782080261328 Category:

Jérôme Hanover, Gabriel Bauret


The Hôtel de la Marine, an exemplary monument on Paris’s Place de la Concorde, is a superb architectural achievement constructed in the eighteenth century by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, the official architect of King Louis XV. The institution it housed was charged with choosing, purchasing, and maintaining all of the king’s furniture-from beds to the simplest chair-and the crown’s treasures were stored here until 1789, after which it became the site of the Ministry of the Navy for more than two hundred years.

An extensive four-year restoration was completed in 2021; the building reopened to the public, and features a museum, conserved apartments that highlight the tastes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, an exhibition hall, a bookshop, and three restaurants. Previously unpublished photography captures the splendor and majesty of the monument.

Additional information

Weight 2660 g
Dimensions 26.9 x 34.1 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 28 April 2022
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Ambroise Tézenas
Dimensions 26.9 x 34.1 cm
Weight 2660 g


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Jérôme Hanover is a fashion and luxury journalist; he regularly writes for Vogue Paris, GQ, and Le Figaro, and contributed to Dior in Bloom (Flammarion, 2020).

Gabriel Bauret is a photography historian, independent curator, and author.

Ambroise Tézenas's photographs have been published in Presidential Residences in France (Flammarion, 2021), Be My Guest (Flammarion, 2020), and Beijing: Theatre of the People (2006), which won a best European book of photography prize. His work has been exhibited all over Europe and Asia.