Daily mythology: The Récamiere


We have a piece of funiture called after the one who lay on it: the recamière. Isn’t it interesting? What would we say, if our table would be called “entrecȏtière” or the chaiselongue “Thomasière”?
In fact, that type of ottomane (another funny name!) is called after Jeanne-Françoise Julie Adélaïde Bernard, called Juliette Récamier after her marriage and her being painted by the famous Jean-Louis David. Monsieur Récamier, her husband, was about 30 years elder than her. She never had children, it was even said, that Récamier was her father….
Madame Récamier hosted a very famous literary salon in Paris, her friends and admirers were, among others Brillat-Savarin, Châteaubriand, Benjamin Constant, Mme. de Staȅl, Bernadotte, Murat, Lucien Bonaparte, Bernadotte, the duke of Montmorency, prince Augustus of Prussia (whom she nearly married too), Caroline Bonaparte, General Moreau, Jean-Jacques Ampère and others. She was exiled by Napoleon and lived for a time in Naples, then in Coppet with her friend Mme. de Staȅl.
So if you love her you might be royalist, militarist, gourmand, revolutionary, writer, stirrer and plotter or electrician. Or you might just be tired and in search for a divan and a good book….


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