When César Ritz dreamed up of the Ritz Paris, he had a vision of a hotel that was more than a hotel, “offering all the refinements that a prince could wish in his own house.” And he achieved just that (it was, after all, also the first hotel to have a bath in every room), finding immediate and overwhelming success ever since its doors opened on June 1, 1898, as it became the very embodiment of luxury and soon thereafter, of “art de vivre,” the art of living.
Not surprisingly, the world’s most prestigious celebrities, artists, and writers flocked to the Ritz. Gabrielle Chanel called it her home; Ernest Hemingway would, famously, set up camp at the bar with Scott Fitzgerald in the ‘20s; and others, including Marcel Proust, Audrey Hepburn, and more have walked through its storied halls.
After undergoing a major 0 million, four-year-long renovation, the Ritz reopened in 2016, and now, relics of the “Old Ritz” are up for grabs. French auction house Artcurial is staging an astounding 10,000-plus-item (3,500 lots) sale that will span five days, running from April 17 to 21. Intended to glorify and celebrate “Ritz style” (aka all-out decadence fused with familiar comfort—an aesthetic the founder established with his architect and decorator Charles Mewès), items include paintings, exquisite chandeliers, French antiques, marble-top Louis XIV tables, printed upholstered Louis XV chairs, luxe wall hangings, decorative objects, and so, so much more.
As such, these unique antiques serve as something like artifacts, as evidence of Ritz Paris’ legend, representing the hotel’s 120-year-long history.
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