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Sign: Paris - History of Paris - Hotel de Nesmond

55 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France
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On the sign:
[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris]

Histoire de Paris

Hotel de Nesmond
L’endroit fut loti dès 1260. Résidence du panetier de Philippe le Bel au XIVe siècle, puis du duc de Bar, l’hôtel est racheté en 1586 par Jacques Faye d’Espesse à François de Bourbon, duc de Montpensier. En 1643, François-Théodore de Nesmond, président au Parlement de Paris, lui donne son aspect actuel. Sa bru, fille de Madame de Miramion, était allsez vaniteuse pour faire graver son nom sur sa porte cochère. Saint- Simon le signale dans ses «Mémoires» :

[Illustration of the place]

«On en rit, on s’en scandalisá, mais l’écriteau est devenu l’exemple de ceux qui ont peu à inondé peu Paris Passe au XVIIe siècle à Michel Blondy, célèbre maître de danse, l’hôtel fut au XIXe siècle le siège d’une distillerie d’absinthe qui le dénatura.
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One of the series of signs describing historical places in Paris. The signs were placed starting in 1992 and are also called sucettes Starck (Starck’s Lollipops) after Philippe Starck who designed them.

The place where the sign stands was photographed on the same day Click for a larger image

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The name of the place appears on the house gate
Hôtel ci-devant de Nesmond
As you can see in the following photo taken that day Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:

[An illustration of a ship, symbolizing the symbol of Paris]

History of Paris

Hotel de Nesmond
The place was subdivided from 1260. Residence of the baker of Philippe le Bel in the 14th century, then of the Duke of Bar, the hotel was bought in 1586 by Jacques Faye d’Espesse from François de Bourbon, Duke of Montpensier. In 1643, François-Théodore de Nesmond, president of the Parliament of Paris, gave it its current appearance. His daughter-in-law, daughter of Madame de Miramion, was so vain to have her name engraved on her carriage entrance. Saint-Simon points this out in his “Mémoires”:

[Illustration of the place]

"We laugh at it, we are scandalized, but the sign has become the example of those who have flooded Paris little by little In the 17th century, Michel Blondy, famous dance master, the hotel was in the 19th century the seat of an absinthe distillery which distorted it".

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