Guests came from near and far for the opening of “Treasures of Napoleon” at the Louisiana State Museum. The Honorary Chair, Mme. Martin Bouygues, and the collections’ owner, curator, author and historian, M. Pierre-Jean Chalencon, came from France. Event co-chair Mrs. O. Miles (Mary) Pollard arrived from Baton Rouge
while the event’s other co-chair, Henry Lambert, made his way from the Warehouse District.
Guests were greeted by French Guards (actually reenactors) as they made they way up the carpeted walkway toward the Old U.S. Mint where Tattinger champagne and the exhibition of paintings, maps, uniforms, beds and paraphernalia awaited.
For the preview, small round tables centered with candles and flowers
decorated by Carol Lewis, Liz Sloss and Roland Montealege were scattered around the courtyard in the rear of the building. Violinist Emily Menard was accompanied by members of the NOCCA Classical Music ensemble. Light hors d’oevures and desserts, French fries, oysters and shrimp, tastes of pasta and sweet treats from Café du Monde, Croissant D’Or, Muriel’s, Michaul’s, Meauxbar and Dooky Chase were delightful choices. Surely if Napoleon had been there he would have swooped down from his horse to enjoy.
The new and very energetic Consul General of France, Olivier Brochenin, with wife Rina was justly beaming with pride since his offices worked very hard, as did the Louisiana State Museum’s Foundation members, to bring this show, on display at the Mint until early August, to the city which loves Napoleon so much it has avenues, houses and bars named after the emperor.
Richard and Sandra Freeman, museum director David Kahn and Rivers Lelong
Philip Woollam, Bitsie Mouton, Thomas Westervelt and Tina Freeman
Susan Maclay, Ralph Lupin, Pam Lupin and Gabrielle Cefalu
Susan Spaht and Cristina Wysocki
Priscilla and John Lawrence