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  The model shows a section of apartments built to house the nobility of the French court. Imagine 100 such apartments set in a rectangular square and you have the size of Le Palais Royal. Arcaded ground floor boutiques with the shopkeeper flats immediately above make up the lower level. The first floor is taken up with reception rooms and above this are bedrooms and servants quarters. Between the pilasters are carved panels relating to classic myth and legend. During the revolution the Square was ravaged and overrun by the mob but later returned a centre of culture and entertainment. At one corner is housed France’s oldest surviving theatre. Le Palais Royal also boasts the world’s first restaurant where Parisians were offered the first alternative menu. Lead urns are featured on this model, a delicate edition to the range of bookends.