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Apollonie Sabatier

English: Apollonie Sabatier (born Josephine Savatier, 1822-1889) was a Bohémienne and a muse to some artists in Paris around 1850/60. She was keeping a salon in Paris, Rue Frochot, where she met nearly all French artists of her time. Gustave Flaubert, Théophile Gautier and some others have written articles about her and she was one of the four women, who inspired Charles Baudelaire to his famous work Les Fleurs du Mal (see: fr:La femme dans les Fleurs du Mal). Edmond de Goncourt was the first who nicknamed her: "La Présidente". In Gustave Courbet's painting L'Atelier du peintre she is said to be shown together with her long time lover, the Belgian tycoon Alfred Mosselman (1810-1867). After his death she was the long time mistress of art collector and donator of the Wallace fountains, Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet