A Belle Epoque Paris apartment was opened for the first time since WWII

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Madame de Florian’s vanity

Madame de Florian’s vanity

If you’ve ever wanted to go back in time, this story will bring you as close as you can get. A turn-of-the-century Paris apartment was opened for the first time in 2010, after the death of its owner. The apartment was completely untouched after being abandoned sometime between 1939 and 1942 (details are conflicting), to escape the invading Nazis. The owner, Madame de Florian, had paid rent on the apartment until her death in 2010. It was a time capsule of life during the Belle Epoque.

Giovanni Boldini painting of Madame de Florian’s mother Marthe de Florian

Giovanni Boldini painting of Madame de Florian’s mother Marthe de Florian

The most fabulous object discovered in the apartment was a painting of Madame de Florian’s mother, Marthe, painted by Giovanni Boldini, her lover. The painting was sold at auction for $3.4 million, helped by its provenance and juicy history.

There’s more to the amazing story, so click on the following three links for more details and photos. The Parisian Belle Epoque Time Capsule and This lavish apartment was discovered untouched for 70 years and Auctioneers Open Up A Paris Apartment Abandoned Since 1939 And Find Priceless Art


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