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Francaise a la Merteuil – inspiration

"My pleasure is not to contemplate the gold in my coffers, but to spend it."- Madame de Pompadour

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from Mail Online

Oh la la! Lavish 250-year-old desk where King of France's mistress Madame de Pompadour penned her love letters goes under the hammer (and it could be yours for a cool £5m)

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A portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by the circle of Charles-Andree Van Loo The marquise de Pompadour, more popularly known as Madame de Pompadour, was a very influential mistress of Louis XV.

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Portrait of Madame Begeret, 1746 ~ by François Boucher (1703-70). Her husband was a patron of Boucher's -- likely introduced Boucher to Madame Pompadour, his most important and long-standing client...

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