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A Partial Inventory of Gustave Flaubert’s Personal Effects

August 15, 2012 | by

As Catalogued by M. Lemoel on May 20, 1880, Twelve Days after the Writer's Death.

In the bedroom on the first floor:

panama hat
top hat
red silk cravat
5 pairs of gloves
19 shirts
2 dressing gowns
5 waistcoasts
7 walking sticks
tobacco jar
two pairs of boots

In the dining room:

35 champagne glasses
48 porcelain dinner plates
a painting representing Napoléon I
a pocket watch in a gold case engraved with initials ‘GF’
a gold watch chain
a gold signet ring with square stone
a silver spoon and two forks marked ‘N flaubert’
5 oyster-knives with black handles and silver blades

In the study on the first floor:

Engraving in oakwood frame representing The temptation of Saint Antoine by Callot
Marble clock with bronze figurines, maker’s name ‘Destigny’ engraved on dial
Photographic reproduction of painting entitled Visions
Array consisting of lances, javelins, arrows, mandolin, Basque drum, axe, oriental pipe, cardboard Chinese statuette
Large round table in mahogany
Green woolen tablecloth
One tiger skin, one lynx skin, one bear skin, white
Penholder in the shape of dragon
Bronze inkwell
Three paperknives, one with initials ‘GF’
Two Egyptian lanterns
Unfinished manuscript of work entitled Bouvard et Pécuchet
Creuzer, Religions of Antiquity in 11 vols
Works of Saint Theresa in Migne edition
Works of Walter Scott in 32 vols.
(In the drawer of one of the small bookcases is found the sum of 2515 francs, which sum is deposited with Maitre Bidault to cover funeral expenses, burial charges, and other debts.)

Joanna Neborsky is a maker of jittery ink drawings and retro-fried collage. She lives in Brooklyn. You can buy a copy of this poster here.



  1. Joe Carlson | August 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Very, very cool. And the “here” link is even better.

  2. Kaaren Kitchell | August 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Love this. Thank you, Joanna Neborsky and Paris Review.

  3. Shtina | August 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Wait a minute, he didn’t own any pants?

  4. Penelope Sky | May 22, 2015 at 12:28 am

    No pants?!

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