septembre 23, 2018
The Story of the Villa Ephrussi
Property of the Academy of Fine Arts
Discover, between Nice and Monaco, one of the jewels of the Côte d'Azur: the palace built during the Belle Epoque by Béatrice de Rothschild. Your will be delighted by the rich and eclectic art collections: Sèvres and Vincennes porcelain, Fragonard's works, master paintings, Louis XVI furniture ... The villa is surrounded by nine magnificent gardens that provide their colors and fragrances on 4 hectares of beauty.
Built on the narrowest part of the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild dominates on one side the bay of Villefranche and on the other the bay of Beaulieu. It is one of the most beautiful historical monuments of the Côte d'Azur.
A haven for European and American high society, Cap Ferrat was chosen in 1905 by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild to build one of his "follies", inspired by the great Renaissance mansions of Venice and Florence. No less than five years of gigantic work (1907-1912) will be needed for its construction.
The Villa is surrounded by nine magnificent theme gardens where you can discover, at random of his walk, the layout of the French garden, the luxuriant vegetation of the Spanish and Florentine gardens, the richness of the rose garden, the rare essences of the exotic garden or the archaeological remains of the lapidary garden.
It also houses exceptional collections, Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain, terracotta from Clodion, Marin and the best sculptors of the French school of the eighteenth century, as well as furniture items, marked by the greatest cabinetmakers of the Faubourg Saint Antoine, carpets and tapestries from the manufactures of the king and produced for the mansions of the crown, the Palace of Versailles in particular. Its painted ceilings come from the most prestigious palaces of Italy; in the Louis XVI salon, one of these painted compositions is recognized as the work of Gian Domenico Tiepolo
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