Madame de Florian’s Parisian time capsule

article-0-19BC7FA9000005DC-379_964x1272Its 1940s Paris, the war is in full swing and the Germans are invading, most city dwellers are fleeing the city for the relative calm and safety of the south of France and Madame de Florian was amongst them. In fleeing she left her Paris apartment locked and never returned. She paid the rent every month without fail and on her death the 70 year old time capsule was un covered, left exactly as was.

 The apartment, located near the Trinité church in Paris between the Pigalle red light district and Opera, contained an undiscovered painting by 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.

 

the painting featured Madame de Florian’s grandmother Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque, in 1898 when Miss de Florian was 24.The painting was accompanied by the various love notes Marthe recieved including one from Boldini and eventually sold for a cool 2.1 million 

 

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