There is a surprising piece of facade on an ordinary haussmannian building on Boulevard-de-la-Tour-Maubourg. It clearly reminds you of a piece of the Château de Blois, more particularly the part of the castle which was initiated by King Louis XII; Blois was his favourite royal residence. Louis reigned 1498-1515.
The resemblance with this piece of facade and the Château de Blois is even more striking when you look on some details, similar to the ones you can find on the Blois castle. The porcupine was Louis XII’s emblem. One of his (three) wives was Anne de Bretagne (Brittany) and we can read an “A”.
I have tried to find out what this façade may hide, but have no clear answer. The place seems abandoned, empty. On the net I have found some guesses about a former (antique?) shop. I even asked someone who obviously lived in the building, but he didn’t know. On the net, there are also some hints about the “Order of the Porcupine”, which however only officially existed between 1394 and the beginning of the 16th century when Louis XII dissolved it. I hope that maybe one of my readers may have a good explanation.