Seventy some years ago, just before the war, a woman named Mrs. De Florian fled here Parisian apartment for the south of France never to return again. Throughout the decades, she faithfully maintained her rent payments without question, but never returned. When she passed away at the age of 91, her heirs enlisted professionals to inventory her forgotten apartment. The space had not been seen since the day she left, and everything was in its place just as she left it. A time capsule well preserved for decades, provided a look into the life of an early 20th century socialite with a collection of wonderful and eclectic items. Covered under a think layer of 70 year old dust, the workers found an entire apartment full of beautiful antiques and other fine furnishings. Among the treasures was a painting by prolific french artist Giovianni Boldini along with several pieces of romantic correspondence between Boldini and Mrs. De Florian's grand-mother. The Painting, who we now know shows DeFlorians grand-mother, depicts a woman in a wonderful pink dress. The style of this work proves that Boldini was a leading force in Paris' bell epoque movement. The painting later sold at auction for over 3 million dollars. One of my favorite finds was a giant taxidermy ostrich just standing in the corner. It is such a mystery why she never returned to the city to collect her items, perhaps she just wanted to start a new life. I can't imagine what it would have been like to walk in the apartment for the first time in years, a once in a lifetime experience I'm sure.
Painting of De Florian's Grandmother by Boldini, her secret lover