Today, we take you inside one of the most iconic properties on the French Riviera, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferrat. It stands today as a vivid reminder of a past time elegance with its exhilarating interiors and immaculate gardens..all, in its catchy, reddish-pink façade with a vibrant Venetian aura..
1.It all began because of the vision of one woman, Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, daughter of an eminent art collector and banker, baron Alphonse de Rothschild.
2. In 1905, Béatrice discovered the piece of land in Cap Ferrat after her divorce with her husband of 21 years.
3. Architect Jacques-Marcel Auburtin was entrusted with the design of the Villa.
4. Several renowned landscape architects worked on the magnificent gardens such as Harold Peto and Achille Duchêne.
5. The Baroness, an avid art collector herself would select the artworks for her Villa on the platform of the train station!
6. The Villa and garden remained abandoned and unattended during the Second World War.
7. In 1945, the gardens were restored to their magnificence prior to the war by Louis Marchand.
My favourite picks…
The bold, red-pink façade evocative of an Italian Palazzo…
The Grand Salon is bright, sophisticated furnished with impeccable 18th century iconic pieces, rugs and a gaming table used by Marie Antoinette.
The Boudoir is charming, romantic with incredible tapestries and an “escritoire” (writing desk) especially designed for women in the 18th century, a precious piece that would have also belonged to Marie Antoinette.
The Tapestry Room because of its divine tapestry adorning the entire back wall, created by the royal Gobelins Manufactory, representing the homage of Bacchus to Ariane.
The French, Exotic & Rose Gardens… or all of the 8 different gardens…
Take a look inside..
Such divine properties stand today as the ultimate emblems of an era that crystallised elegance, sophistication and true aristocracy that has eclipsed…and all of you who are still faithful to those values can hold on at least to their sublime aura for inspiration…