La Fleur blanche

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La Fleur blanche was a famous maison close (brothel) in the city of Paris, located at 6 rue des Moulins in the 1st Arrondissement.wikipedia
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In 1946, after the adoption of the "Loi Marthe Richard", the brothel was closed.
Approximately 1,400 establishments were closed, including 195 in Paris (177 official establishments): the best known were Le Chabanais, Le Sphinx, La Fleur blanche, One-Two-Two but also the maissons d’abattage (“slaughterhouses”) such as Le Fourcy and the Lanterne Verte.

Prostitution in France

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Le Sphinx

The frescos of Le Sphinx were created by Kees van Dongen (the best brothels of the time attracted the attention of famous artists; for example the walls of Le Chabanais and La Fleur blanche were painted by Toulouse-Lautrec).

Le Chabanais

During the World War II German occupation of France, twenty top Paris brothels, including Le Chabanais, Le Sphinx, One-Two-Two, La Fleur blanche(fr:La Fleur blanche), La rue des Moulins, and Chez Marguerite, were reserved by the Wehrmacht for German officers and collaborating Frenchmen.

Brothel

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La Fleur blanche was a famous maison close (brothel) in the city of Paris, located at 6 rue des Moulins in the 1st Arrondissement.

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La Fleur blanche was a famous maison close (brothel) in the city of Paris, located at 6 rue des Moulins in the 1st Arrondissement.

1st arrondissement of Paris

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La Fleur blanche was a famous maison close (brothel) in the city of Paris, located at 6 rue des Moulins in the 1st Arrondissement.

Torture chamber

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The property was also known as rue des Moulins and was famous for its torture room.

Paris during the Second Empire

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The building was originally the home of a regency financier, and became a brothel in 1860 during the Second Empire.

Paris in World War II

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During the German occupation, La Fleur blanche, like several other luxury Parisian brothels, was requisitioned for the use of German officers, in order to prevent their contacts with the local population.

Wehrmacht

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The health services of the Wehrmacht were responsible for organizing the sanitary control of these establishments.

Maurice Rheims

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The contents were auctioned off by Maurice Rheims.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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La Fleur blanche was notably frequented by Toulouse-Lautrec (where he had a room, according to legend), He was called The Coffee Pot by the girls due to his small size.

Prostitution

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He also painted the prostitutes in the "Rue des Moulins" at the time of a medical inspection of which they were obliged to have regularly.

Speculum (medical)

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A physician was sent to perform these weekly medical examination in deplorable conditions of hygiene, examining them with a disposable non-disinfected speculum.

Courtesan

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It was reputed to have been commissioned by French courtesan La Païva, but she never took delivery.

La Païva

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It was reputed to have been commissioned by French courtesan La Païva, but she never took delivery.

Sotheby's

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The bed was put up for auction in 2017 by Sotheby's with a guide price of £500,000 - £800,000.

Brothels in Paris

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Prostitution in Paris

Among the most famous are the One-Two-Two, Le Chabanais, Le Sphinx and La Fleur blanche.