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The history of the Élysée Palace has been marked by developments and sometimes upheavals in its use and therefore in its organization. We can thus read in the plan of the palace, the survival of architectural and decorative elements the passage of each of its occupants, the Count of Évreux, who was succeeded in particular by the Marquise de Pompadour, the financier Beaujon, Joachim and Caroline Murant, Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine, the Duke and Duchess of Berry, Napoleon III and the presidents of the 3rd, 4th and 5th republics.
In each era, the Élysée embodies a place of modernity in terms of furnishing and interior decor in line with successive fashions.
The National Furniture is responsible for the maintenance of the Presidency of the Republic. During research motivated by a campaign to restore certain areas of the palace, he wanted to take stock of knowledge concerning the history of a building as well as that of French decorative arts.
Very abundantly illustrated with archival documents but also with contemporary photographs collected during several campaigns carried out by Guillaume de Laubier, the text is the fruit of the work of curators and restorers of the Mobilier national and specialists on the subject who work in different museums and institutions .