Le Chabanais

Le Chabanais was one of the best known and most luxurious brothels in Paris, operating near the Louvre at 12 rue Chabanais from 1878 until 1946, when brothels were outlawed in France.wikipedia
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Brothel

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Le Chabanais was one of the best known and most luxurious brothels in Paris, operating near the Louvre at 12 rue Chabanais from 1878 until 1946, when brothels were outlawed in France.
During the first half of the 20th century, some Paris brothels, such as le Chabanais and le Sphinx, were internationally known for the luxury they provided.

Le Sphinx

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.
Along with the "Le Chabanais" and "One-Two-Two" it was considered one of the most luxurious and famous Parisian brothels.

One-Two-Two

One Two Two
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. In the mid-1920s, Le Chabanais was overtaken by the One Two Two (fr:One-Two-Two) as the top luxury brothel in Paris.
She had formerly worked in another brothel in Paris, Le Chabanais.

Brothels in Paris

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During the first half of the 20th century, some Paris brothels, such as le Chabanais and le Sphinx, were internationally known for the luxury they provided.

La Fleur blanche

Rue des Moulins
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.

Prostitution in France

FranceRéglementationFrench system of licensed prostitution
During the German occupation of France, twenty top Paris maisons, including le Chabanais, le Sphinx and le One-Two-Two, were reserved by the Wehrmacht for German officers and collaborating Frenchmen.

Louvre

Musée du LouvreLouvre MuseumThe Louvre
Le Chabanais was one of the best known and most luxurious brothels in Paris, operating near the Louvre at 12 rue Chabanais from 1878 until 1946, when brothels were outlawed in France.

Jockey-Club de Paris

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It was founded by the Irish-born Madame Kelly, who was closely acquainted with several members at the Jockey-Club de Paris. The brothel, famous enough to warrant mentioning in the 7-volume Nouveau Larousse illustré encyclopaedia of 1904, was founded by the Irish-born Madame Kelly (real name - Alexandrine Joannet (or possibly Jouannet )), who was closely associated with several members at the prestigious Jockey-Club de Paris.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-LautrecHenri Toulouse-LautrecToulouse Lautrec
Among the habituées were Albert, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII of the United Kingdom); Toulouse-Lautrec; Cary Grant; Humphrey Bogart, Mae West and diplomatic guests of the French government.

Cary Grant

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Among the habituées were Albert, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII of the United Kingdom); Toulouse-Lautrec; Cary Grant; Humphrey Bogart, Mae West and diplomatic guests of the French government.

Humphrey Bogart

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Among the habituées were Albert, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII of the United Kingdom); Toulouse-Lautrec; Cary Grant; Humphrey Bogart, Mae West and diplomatic guests of the French government.

Mae West

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Among the habituées were Albert, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII of the United Kingdom); Toulouse-Lautrec; Cary Grant; Humphrey Bogart, Mae West and diplomatic guests of the French government.

Nouveau Larousse illustré

Encyclopaedia of Larousse
The brothel, famous enough to warrant mentioning in the 7-volume Nouveau Larousse illustré encyclopaedia of 1904, was founded by the Irish-born Madame Kelly (real name - Alexandrine Joannet (or possibly Jouannet )), who was closely associated with several members at the prestigious Jockey-Club de Paris.

Franc

francsBelgian francs
The total cost of the establishment was reported to be the exorbitant sum of 1.7 million francs.

Moors

MoorishMoorMaures
The entrance hall was designed as a bare stone cave; the bedrooms were lavishly decorated, many in their own style: Moorish, Hindu, Japanese, Pompeii and Louis XVI.

Pompeii

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The entrance hall was designed as a bare stone cave; the bedrooms were lavishly decorated, many in their own style: Moorish, Hindu, Japanese, Pompeii and Louis XVI.

Louis XVI of France

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The entrance hall was designed as a bare stone cave; the bedrooms were lavishly decorated, many in their own style: Moorish, Hindu, Japanese, Pompeii and Louis XVI.

Exposition Universelle (1900)

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The Japanese room won a design prize at the 1900 World Fair in Paris.

World War II

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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.

German military administration in occupied France during World War II

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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.

Wehrmacht

German ArmyGermanGerman forces
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.

Hermann Göring

GöringHermann GoeringGoering
The brothels flourished and Hermann Göring visited Le Chabanais, as is related in the 2009 two-volume book 1940–1945 Années Erotiques by Patrick Buisson.

Patrick Buisson

The brothels flourished and Hermann Göring visited Le Chabanais, as is related in the 2009 two-volume book 1940–1945 Années Erotiques by Patrick Buisson.

Marthe Richard

Loi Marthe Richard
The French legal brothels, known as "maisons closes" or "maisons de tolérance", were closed by law in 1946, after a campaign by Marthe Richard.

Maurice Rheims

Rheims, Maurice
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.