The Musée Carnavalet pre-empted eight specimens from the rare group of signs lovingly assembled by the collector Roxane Debuisson throughout a life spent wandering around the French capital, eyes raised. They included those of the snail dealer "Lazare successeurs" (€12,750), the "Au gant noir" company (€5,625), the café "À l'Auvergnat de Paris" (€1,125) and the lamp and reflector manufacturer
"L. Grimmeisen" (€3,125). However, at €38,750, the star piece – a weighty one, we might say – escaped its clutches: the sign of the manufacturer of "À l'éléphant" supplies for cafés and bistros, produced in 1840. The pachyderm was chosen by this company located opposite the Place de la Bastille to echo the fountain Napoleon wanted to install there, which was to have been topped by a colossal sculpture of the animal. In the end, the fall of the Empire put paid to the project.