The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 68 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’.Although it seems strange, having taxidermy pieces in one’s home was once a sign of affluence.Mickey Mouse…Wow!All of the furniture from the time period remained just how she left it. It looks as if she was just there yesterday.
A veritable time capsule, the flat yielded many treasures but the most valuable of them was a previously undiscovered painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.
The beautiful Frenchwoman of the portrait is Madame de Florian’s grandmother Marthe de Florian. It was painted by Giovanni Boldini in 1898, when Marthe was 24 years-old. The painting recently sold for €2.1 million. Grandmother Marthe was an actress who had a long list of male admirers. Marthe kept the love letters from her admirers, which were found in the apartment. Her admirers included the married Giovanni Boldini and the 72nd Prime Minister of France, George Clemenceau.
Mrs de Florian fled Paris before the outbreak of war in 1939, which saw the Nazis invade France and reach Paris on June 14. Pictured here, German officers and Parisians mingle near a sidewalk cafe on the Champs Elysees on Bastille Day in 1940. via: dailymail