Parisian flat lays untouched for 70 years...

Monday, October 25, 2010


Did you read this article about this gorgeous looking Parisian flat that they just opened after 70 years??
"Behind the door, under a thick layer of dusk lay a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century objects including a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini."
The owner left for the South of France before the Second World War and never returned - she was the granddaughter of a beautiful Parisian woman - a muse of the famous painter Boldini - and was portrayed in a painting in the apartment (which just sold for 2.1 million!!!)
"The muse was Marthe de Florian, an actress with a long list of ardent admirers, whose fervent love letters she kept wrapped neatly in ribbon and were still on the premises. Among the admirers was the 72nd prime minister of France, George Clemenceau, but also Boldini."
My only question is....I wonder how in the world you could not return to a beautiful flat in Paris!!


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58 comments:

Kate said...

Just imagine the treasures in that apartment - glorious!

frandominguez.com said...

Such an idiot xD!

shineyglam said...

Oh my, vintage, i love the look of that place!

Aimee said...

That's crazy! I'll take it! Haha can you imagine the amazing stuff you could find while rummaging through it?! Gah!

Kayla said...

I want everything in it. They could just leave it as is and I would move in tomorrow.

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I was wondering the same thing! I mean seriously, all these years and not once? What a dream come true that would be, to be the first ones through that door.

Diana Mieczan said...

That is my question too..That place is incredible. I am off to read the whole article..I want that place..hahaha

Have a relaxing evening,sweetie

{Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I just want those letters!!! :) And yes, who would want to leave such a place? Really. :(

Hollie said...

oh my! Amazing. how much fun would it be to go thru that place?!

E said...

That makes me a little sad. But what a wonderful treasure hunt!

this free bird said...

did something happen to the owner during the war? why else would someone just never return...THERE is the story!

would love to get a closer look at the contents!

xoxo,
Carrie

Stephany said...

She must have had some really good reasons! Otherwise, who would want to leave? It's simply amazing!

gretchenmist said...

am curious about her reason for leaving too! imagine pocking around through there~

Katie said...

I agree! How could you leave that for so long?!

Jen said...

I can't believe this!! 70 years? And the place is gorgeous... wish I had discovered it ;-)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

How amazing! I couldn't even imagine!!!

jemina said...

WOW, that is an amazing apartment, Lord only knows why she never returned to her apartment, but, can you imagine the treasure? that apartment is definitely a gem, thanks for sharing

XOXO
J

ag. said...

I just read about this! I cannot even imagine what pieces of history will be found...I think it's so mysterious!

Wild and Precious said...

so adorable! everything is perfect!

Nikki said...

I read about that. I'd love to have a peek around. Maybe first pick at some stuff. That's not too much to ask right?

Trivia said...

her lost, she never came back, now all of this amazing memories of the familly ...and values...are discovered by others.
* lovely place

Miss amanda said...

Wow I didn't hear about this but it conjures up all sorts of marvelous stories. What a great post!

Elaine said...

That's so awesome! I'd love to get a tour...

www.clothedmuch.com

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

are you serious?! sooo crazy. its gorgeous! maybe someone will turn that story into a movie/book one day...

MarchMusings said...

It must be look like that scene in Great Expectations; everything untouched for so long. Wow!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Wow, that is amazing! It looks so gorgeous!!

Stacey said...

Wow! I think there must be more to this story though... XX

Amy R. said...

I really don't know how you find all this good stuff!

Amy R.

ellie said...

One would wonder why. How beautiful.

its simple love said...

That is soooo cool! I am going to read the article right now.

Rachael

p.s. I am hosting a giveaway for a paper party collection. Be sure to enter when you get the chance!

Punctuation Mark said...

this is a great find... i can't believe that this place was locked for so long... who was paying for it?

Jamie said...

Oh to walk through that apartment!

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

I came across this article and wondered the same thing too! How could it have remained untouched for all those years!?

Helen said...

I read about this! And sent it to all my Parisian friends ;) Such a glorious find!

Leah said...

Wow what an incredible story! That must have been amazing to look through that gorgeous space!!

Luvs!

Sanny said...

70 years? For real? What an amazing treasure! (:

Sanny's Head to Heart

Anna Walker said...

I so read about this! I love it it's gorgeous! :)
Like a giant time capsule

Ashley said...

I want this flat BADLY!!!!!

Josie said...

Oh, this is BEAUTIFUL. Can't believe it's been 70 years!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Mary Ann said...

this story is amazing! how could someone not know there were treasures left untouched for that long? i love to read stories like this. thanks for sharing. verbena cottage

Kelsey said...

your blog is so beautiful, clearly just like you! seriously love the layout and pictures!! <3

Bron @ Baby Space said...

How amazing! This is too awesome.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

what a great article- I would imagine that there were many memories that war may have tarnished and to lock up the apartament was a way of preserving them.

styleforlife said...

This is BEYOND cool!!!! I cant believe there is an apartment where no one bothered to even open the doors???? Such a great post!! I wish I was the owner!
lol...xx Emily

Nuheila said...

Amazing story and what a beautiful flat!



Nuheila

Signe said...

Indeed, how do you stay away from that flat? and in PARIS? just crazy :)

Kristina said...

The apartment looks stunning and the story is almost too unreal to be true!! so cool, your own personal vintage heaven!
Viele Gruesse, Kristina

Bog-Bog said...

Wow, it's unbelievable!

SwissMiss said...

I would take photos from corner to corner before anything gets touched or moved. then slowley go thru' it all with a fine tooth comb - carefully -- i would be mesmirised by all the stories popping out at me. thanks for posting this, I am investigating because I am so intrigued and fasinated, it is overwelling.. XX (did I mention some sort of mask would be a good idea)the dust must be crazy... Only in Paris

Ms. Bright said...

I find this completely fascinating. Wouldn't you just love 20 minutes in there?? I can only imagine all the good stuff.

M said...

wow, gorgeous!!!!

xx.M

www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

andrea said...

GOOD question!!

Gina said...

oooooo! so beautiful :)

i would LOVE to take a tour of that flat. (i love the word flat!)

I also think muse is a funny word

Molly said...

Maybe the owner got lost? My experience is that it's a bitch to get accurate directions in Paris...

JMay said...

Seriously such a cool but sad story! Wow!

Catita said...

oh that must have been my grandma's flat...she mentioned hos much she missed it! I guess as her granddaughter I can claim it now hehehe! How I wish!!!

Leigha said...

In my daydreams, I would inhereit an untouched Parisian flat. Sigh.

Leigha

Nicola said...

wow.

 

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