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The Empress’ Chinese Museum (1863)

Equally famous and impressive, the Chinese Museum and accompanying rooms built for Empress Eugenie in 1863 house her collection of Far-Eastern treasures. While some of these treasures were acquired from the imperial depository (mainly revolutionary plunder), Napoleon III and Eugenie acquired others from the Sack of the Summer Palace in Beijing by the French and British soldiers in 1860. The collection also includes diplomatic gifts from the Ambassador of Siam who visited Fontainebleau in 1861.

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