Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, October 9, 2010

From a dusty flat in Paris...

getty image (marc ottavi handout)

I have not been able to stop thinking about this amazing story!

courtesy yahoo news- by Marie-Noelle Blessing Paris Thursday 7 oct 2010
"When an auctioneer entered a dust covered old Parisian flat in June to take
inventory of the deceased owner's possessions, he had the impression of
creeping into Sleeping Beauty's castle

In the gloom of the flat that had been shut up for decades
he came across a portrait unknown to art experts of a beautiful woman
by one of 19-century Paris' most prized artists,
Italian Giovanni Boldini

getty image (Marc Otavvi handout)
"There was a smell of old dust" said auctioneer Olivier Choppin-Janvry.
The painting recently fetched 2.1million euros in frenzied bidding.

The flats last occupant, who was the grand-daughter of Boldini's muse, had shut
it up before World War 11 to go live in the south of france and never returned.
The woman recently died at the age of 91 years, having paid upkeep fees
for the large flat in central Paris for 70years without using it....."

getty image

the woman in the portrait is persumably
the grand-mother of the current owner
What an amazing story!
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Deja Pseu said...

Wow, that is an amazing story. Imagine, having a flat in Paris and never even visiting it....

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

That is so interesting! It paints such a vivid picture of a gorgeous "sleeping beauty" style flat!...with no one in it?

Shell Sherree said...

I love this story ~ my mind is wandering all over the place, wondering what led to it. As well as the other treasures, that portrait is magnificent!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Thanks for the heads-up on this story. I had read about it in a couple of other places, and I find it to be so fascinating. Doesn't it sound like it would make a good novel? So many questions I would want to ask.

Thanks for dropping me a note--it was so good to hear from you!!

Kellie Collis said...

What a splendid story! And the painting is stunning! Enjoy the beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

Louise said...

I hadn't come across this story, but it is fascinating indeed. I too can't imagine having a Paris flat and never using it.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What an interesting post. You would never think that things like this could actually happen but they obviously do. Diane

TK said...

I just love these kinds of stories...they are magical!!!

✿ Hélène Flont ✿ said...

Really sad and captivating story. I was musing over the movie "cheri" by Stephen Frears. Marthe de Florian's life had to be so similar to lea de Lonval. And maybe Colette the writer known Marthe on the stage à la belle époque.. It's really magic!

La Table De Nana said...

I would have gladly housesat:) What treasures..Very interesting..I had never heard this story..It almost looks like a Louis Icart.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

There are so many stories surrounding Europe, France, and certainly Paris during WWII. I agree that this discovery could lead to a great historical novel or non-fiction if the pieces could be put together.

That portrait is stunning and I am yearning for that large 3-panel mirror in the first photo!

Bon weekend, mon amie!

vicki archer said...

Isn't this an amazing story.....Have a wonderful weekend DIanne, xv.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Dianne .. when I read this story I felt sad, .. sad for the lady who locked it up and never went back ... and also that know one knew the value of the painting.

We could of had an apartment for Bloggers retreat :-)

Tatieva, artiste said...

Superbe tableau, il a aussi une trés jolie histoire... étonnante !
Et j'adore l'espace où les tableaux et miroirs sont entassés, toute une atmosphère !

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

What an amazing story and love the room, paintings and furniture, what a treasure-trove.
Thanks for sharing.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

That is truly an amazing story Diane. Can you imagine having that gorgeous flat and never visiting? Her home in the south of France must have really been something too.

Nathalie said...

What an amazing story indeed !
The photos are gorgeous.


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