Friday, May 17, 2013

The Lost Paris Apartment is Gorgeous! Wouldn’t You Love to Live Here?

As a dealer of antique/vintage French and Italian paintings, you can imagine my unbridled giddiness when I heard about “the lost Paris apartment.” Virtually untouched since World War II, the apartment was found laden with dust­covered treasures, from an old plush Mickey Mouse to a stuffed ostrich to stacks of love letters lots of amazing artwork.

Among the many finds in this time capsule was a $3 million Giovanni Boldini painting! The grandmother of the apartment owner was discovered to be Belle Epoque, a beloved actress and muse of the famous artist. The dusty love letters were from Boldini to Epoque, no doubt praising her as his beautiful inspiration. I would have loved to explore this apartment myself and revel in the fact that not a single soul had entered it since the second world war.

It's been said that walking into this time capsule of an apartment is like "stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still since 1900," according to the The Telegraph.

ostrich from the capsule apartment in Paris France
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The discovery has me even more excited for my upcoming trip to L’Ile sur ­la ­Sorgue (near Provence, France). This medieval Provencal town is celebrated for its marchés aux puces, or flea market, the largest of its kind outside of Paris. A place for antique dealers to sell art and other vintage goodness year­round, I can’t wait to see what I find this year! 

river town near provence France
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Enjoying the beauty of the town alone makes the trip worth it, as it is situated on the Sorgue River, which creates a “Venice­like feel” with its many canals and bridges. A “sprawling’” Sunday market is also featured, where you can find local produce and meat, soap, antiques, tablecloths, and a host of other practical items.

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Source: via Angela on Pinterest

The lost Paris apartment has also got me wondering about other abandoned apartments in the City of Lights and what proverbial gold they have just waiting to be found. I can’t help but compare the apartment to the abandoned New York City apartment of the legendary Marlene Dietrich, who also left the place untouched in the late ‘70s to live abroad for the remainder of her life. Inside the apartment were furs, Louis XIV furniture, letters, and glitzy mirrors fit for a movie star of her stature. The legend’s heirs eventually sold the apartment.

Have you been to the L’Isle­sur­ la­ Sorgue or know someone who has? Leave a comment and tell me about it. 

Janette Mallory