France will auction off some of the country’s antique furniture for the relief of COVID-19
France is preparing to auction off pieces from its large collection of antique furniture in support of hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.
The auction will take place during the weekend of the Heritage Days in France, from 20 to 21 September, with all proceeds going to the Foundation for the Hospitals of Paris and French hospitals, according to the French publication Le Figaro.
About 100 old coins dating from the 19th century will be sold to “contribute to the national effort to support local hospitals,” reports the Telegraph.
Some pieces are said to date from the time of Louis-Philippe I between 1830 and 1848.
Hervé Lemoine, director of the French Ministry of Culture’s Mobilier National agency, told Le Figaro that the curators were drawing up a list of items to be auctioned and that this list would not include “family money”.
The National Furniture, reports the Guardian, contains more than 130,000 carpets, chandeliers, chairs, ceramics, porcelain, furniture, desks and other objects.
Lemoine also announced that the organization will commission new works and restoration projects to support unemployed French artists during the pandemic.
“Our first action will be to commission restoration work on the entire national collection, calling on all the craftsmen,” he told FranceInfo.
“The second will be to set up a special procurement committee to which young designers and creators can propose their ideas and projects that we can buy and then implement.”