A Paris Apartment Discovery
A young Parisien women who had fled to the South of France in 1942 during the War, leaving behind her lavish apartment that she never returned to. Passed away 3 years ago at age 91, which is when real estate personnels investigated the apartment for the first time. They discovered a hidden trove of art work and antiques which has finally been exposed for the first time in 70 years.
With one piece that stood out from the other historic relics. A 19th century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini’s portrait of his muse, Marthe de Florian. In the painting, this famous Parisian socialite and actress is depicted wearing a beautiful revealing pink muslin dress. The painting was painted in 1888, when de Florian was just 24 years old. The painting itself has been valued at roughly £2 million.
In an interesting twist befitting of such a discovery, it turns out that the apartment’s late owner was none other than Marthe de Florian’s granddaughter. It is by the love notes and letters between de Florian and Boldini found at the apartment that the woman in the painting was identified.
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