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An 18th century image of the Halle aux Vins in Paris

This image is from a document describing the establishment of a credit office at the Halle aux Vins in Paris.  When wine was brought into the Halle aux Vins the merchants were required to pay cash up front for the entry fees.  These fees could be substantial and exceed the amount of cash merchants had on hand.  These merchants would then be forced to immediately sell their wine at a low price in order to obtain enough cash.  The establishment of the credit office allowed merchants to take out a fixed loan to pay the entry fees.  They could then take their time to seek the best price for their wine after which they could pay off the loan.

Image from Arrest du Conseil d'Etat du Roy. 1724. [1]

Image from Arrest du Conseil d’Etat du Roy. 1724. [1]

The image itself shows five vines by the windmill in the left hand side.  Barrels of wine are being brought in by boat and cart.  In the bottom foreground are what appear to be the wine gaugers calculating the volume of wine in each barrel.  In the right foreground is what appears to be the credit office with the double-arched entrance to the side.

[1] Arrêt du conseil d’Etat en faveur de la caisse de crédit des vins établie à Paris dans la halle aux vins. France. Conseil d’Etat. 1724. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique.  URL: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b86085957
[2] Lefebvre de la Bellande, Jean-Louis. Traite general des droits d’aides. 1760. URL: https://books.google.com/books?id=foeO5ez6AtsC&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

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