Jump to navigation Jump to search For the village in south-western France, see Chabanais. Le Chabanais was one of the best known and most luxurious brothels in Paris, henri de Toulouse-Lautrec PDF near the Louvre at 12 rue Chabanais from 1878 until 1946, when brothels were outlawed in France.
The French legal brothels, known as « maisons closes » or « maisons de tolérance », were closed by law in 1946, after a campaign by Marthe Richard. The backlash against the brothels was in part due to their collaboration with the Germans. On 8 May 1951 the contents of La Chabanais were sold at auction by Maurice Rheims, publicly revealing the furnishings, furniture and equipment including Edward VII’s chaise de volupté and his copper champagne bath decorated with a sphinx. The French government sometimes included a visit to the Chabanais as part of the programme for foreign guests of state, disguising it as « visit with the President of the Senate » in the official programme at the opening of the World’s Fair in 1889. 16 tableaux for the house, now held in private collections.
The poet Guy de Maupassant built a copy of the Moorish room in his mansion at the sea, so that he wouldn’t have to miss it during his vacations. Bertie », Prince of Wales, who would later become King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, often visited during the 1880s and 1890s. Today, the six-story building is used as an apartment house. An exhibition about historical Paris brothels took place in a gallery across the street from the building at 12 rue Chabanais from November 2009 to January 2010.