A Parisian time-capsule apartment A remarkable discovery was unearthed in Paris’ 9th arrondissement recently when an apartment left untouched since WWII welcomed its first visitors in 70 years. The owner, one Madame de Florian, had fled the apartment at the onset of WWII for the south of France, never to return, though she faithfully paid rent for the 70-year interim. Mme de Florian’s recent passing at age 91 in 2010 induced her heirs to take stock of the Paris apartment, an experience dubbed as “stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty,” with its treasure trove of beautiful furniture and vintage toys and various objets d’art. A painting by Italian artist Giovanni Boldini, an important painter during Paris’ Belle Époque of Madame de Florian’s grandmother, Marthe de Florian (an actress, socialite – and lover to Boldini) was discovered amongst the belongings, eventually selling at auction for €2.1 million. 9 Responses sky August 2nd, 2012 Wow! That is just unbelievable!! Wouldn’t it have been fantastic to have been one the people to first walk in there? What an absolute aladdins cave of treasures.That painting is gorgeous! Reply Marie Christopher August 2nd, 2012 I think this is so amazing!! A treasure..Thanks for sharing it with us. Reply Malibanne August 2nd, 2012 Do you relly believe this story? It looks like a room from a Hollywood props back lot. Why would someone pay rent on an unused apartment for 70 years? At some point along the path of live, she would have been bound to realize she didn’t care about the place anymore. Was wasting rent money. Or, at least might have been curious to go back and see what was in there. The South of France is not so far from Paris that she shouldn’t have done that. Reply kSto August 2nd, 2012 What an amazing find! This is like Christmas for cultural historians. Wish I could visit. Reply Mrs Amber Apple August 2nd, 2012 Oh wow! This is really remarkable 🙂 I bet it was a lot of fun to walk through those doors. Reply Sheree August 3rd, 2012 This is so amazing – such a fantastic story! Makes you wonder what other unknown abandoned homes are out there. Almost a shame it had to be sorted and touched – would have made the most amazing museum!! Reply QuoterGal September 29th, 2012 It was reported in newspapers at the time: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8042281/Parisian-flat-containing-2.1-million-painting-lay-untouched-for-70-years.html so believe it. I would’ve given *anything* to have been the first person to be able to go through this apartment. (P.S. Queens of Vintage is a cool site – one that I’ve only just begun to explore. Many thanks for it.) Reply silvy December 18th, 2012 if i was one of them who first entered this apartment, i would have never left! not to mention selling anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply Lena December 19th, 2012 How amazing! How come you were one of the first ones to see it? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.