It was with utter delight on a recent trip to Paris, that I was recommended by a fellow French dealer, to visit the newly renovated and opened Hotel de la Marine on the Place de Concorde in Paris.
‘I’m not going to tell you anything about it,’ she said. ‘But if you do nothing else while you’re here, you MUST go and see this.’
For anyone with a penchant for beautiful things, but more-so, for beautiful things put together beautifully, she was absolutely right. It was, without a doubt, the most wonderful house museum I’ve yet to see. It is the restored 18th century apartments of Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville-d’Avray, Louis XV’s Intendant of the Garde-Meuble, and it was designed and built between 1757 and 1774 by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel.
Unsure of what to expect, I stepped inside the walls of Hotel de la Marine and spent the next three hours utterly enthralled.