THE HOTEL RAINBEAUX, AVENUE DES CHAMPS ELYSEES ET 57 RUE DE PONTHIEU, PARIS, Auguste Paul Charles Anastasi

THE HOTEL RAINBEAUX, AVENUE DES CHAMPS ELYSEES ET 57 RUE DE PONTHIEU, PARIS, Auguste Paul Charles Anastasi

c. 1820 to c. 1889 France

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This Paris Hôtel unites town and country in the setting of the lavish developments around the Champs Elysées during the Second Empire. Such houses were built for the aristocracy and the grand bourgeoisie and, as in London, the historic quarters of the city were increasingly shunned for these new luxurious developments to the west, a move that was emphasised by Haussman's spectacular new city plan in which whole areas and streets were devoured together with many fine old family houses or hôtels. Newly evolving society quite often preferred to build private villas rather than hôtel particuliers on the old pattern of shared occupation.

This imposing garden front illustrates the privacy allowing immediate ground floor communication with the garden in which elegant figures are sitting in conversation. The first floor housed family bedrooms and the attics, nurseries and servants. The architectural style typifies the fashionable Second Empire with its blending of eighteenth century and Renaissance Italianate detail. The usual circular carriage drive defines a lawn informally planted with trees and bedding plants; the garden has evolved from the state seen in Emma Roberts' picture (plate 49). A woman in an elaborately draped silk dress recalls the days of the great English couturier Charles Frederick Worth and the dancing child suggests relaxed family life. This watercolour was probably a parting memento on the marriage of Louise, the daughter of the house.
Le Bois Muralt collection, Switzerland
Dimensions
Height 254.00 mm (10.00 inches)
Width 343.00 mm (13.50 inches)
Medium
Watercolour
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Signed:Aug Anastasi Inscribed: "Hotel Rainbeaux, avenue des Champs Elysees ET Rue de Ponthieu, 57" (verso)
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