Inside the Lost World of the Ultimate Paris 'It Couple'
Boniface de Castellane and Anna Gould were a celebrated couple in Paris during the Belle Èpoque. Boniface, known as Boni, was a marquis who could trace his ancestry back to 11th century France and Anna
The couple filled their mansion with Louis XIV art, furniture, and antiques. The Palais Rose was also said to have had the most sumptuous staircase in the city, made entirely of marble and inspired by the staircase that led to the Royal apartments at Versailles. Boni also entertained in the style of King Louis XIV—the 21st birthday party that he threw for Anna took place in the Bois du Boulogne and was
The staircase of the Palais Rose ©All rights reserved
However, Boni's extravagances only lasted for a decade. Anna filed for divorce in 1906 (it was
The couple's prized paintings and antiques were scattered among their descendants, and some pieces that once decorated the rooms of the Palais Rose have ended up in museums like the Frick Collection and the Louvre.
But a portion of Boni and Anna's collection has remained private. The paintings, objects
An 18th century LOUIS XVI MARQUETRY COMMODE BY JEAN-HENRI
RIESENER, estimated to sell for between $330,000 and $530,000
The art and antiques that de Castellane inherited from her grandparents, from a Fragonard painting to Sevres porcelain and
The interior of Diane de Castellane's apartment ©Christie's Images Ltd, 2017
Though the majority of the 277 lots in the sale are from Boni's beloved Louis XIV period, more personal contemporary items that belonged to the couple are also up for auction. The pieces, including a silver and glass toilette set, Van Cleef & Arpels evening bags studded with diamonds, and elaborate Cartier clocks, provide a glimpse at a grand lifestyle of a bygone era.
A Cartier ART DECO 'JARDIN JAPONAIS' DESK SET, estimated to sell for between $1,100,000 and $1,600,000
A PAIR OF 18TH CENTURY SEVRES PORCELAIN
vases, estimated to sell for between $86,000 and $130,000
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.