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To present these pieces of incredible history, prestigious Parisian interior designer will transform the galleries of Artcurial on the Rond-Point des Champs Elysees into mini-interior showrooms. Artcurial's European offices will also present these pieces.

Photo by Quentin Bertoux for Artcurial Photo by Quentin Bertoux for Artcurial

Since its inauguration on 1st June 1898, the Ritz Paris has embodied the elegance and intimate luxury synonym of the French 'art de vivre.' The warm and glittering Ritz style was immediately adored by celebrities from around the world: artists, crowned heads and writers including Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Maria Callas.

The Windsor Suite at the Ritz Paris in the 1980s. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor would move into this suite during their lengthy stays The Windsor Suite at the Ritz Paris in the 1980s. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor would move into this suite during their lengthy stays. Image: Archive Ritz

The Ritz Paris inspired Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) whilst in the 1920s Hemingway was a permanent fixture at the bars of the Ritz Paris with his contemporary F. Scott Fitzgerald. Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel once lived at the Ritz Paris whilst later in the 20th century Gianni Versace would entertain his runway models.

Pieces from the Ritz Paris bars Pieces from the Ritz Paris bars

Screen Shot 2018-02-28 at 11.59.35 Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper in the film Ariane in a Ritz Paris bedroom in the 1950s. Image: Archive Ritz

Previously, Artcurial have organised the sales of the contents of Hôtel de Crillon, Plaza Athénée, Hôtel de Paris in Monaco and La Tour d'Argent, with all of these auction totalling a combined €12 million. The sale of the Ritz' content will be spread across 5 days from 17th to 21st April.

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Marie-Louise Ritz selecting fabrics for the interior of the hotel. Image: Roger Schall Marie-Louise Ritz selecting fabrics for the interior of the hotel. Image: Roger Schall

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The previous decor of the Ritz Paris was a triumph. In 1896, hotelier Caesar Ritz acquired 15 Place Vendome at the Credit Mobilier des frees Perier. He wanted to emulate the style of a magnificent family house that had been furnished for generations. The architect for the project, Charles Frederic Mewès drew inspiration from visits to the Chateau de Versailles and Fontainebleau. These inspired the elegant tableware, women's vanity tables and beautiful bars decorated with the sense of a family home.

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From beds to bath linen, sofas to stools, Artcurial's Once upon a time...The Ritz Paris will be held from 17th to 21st April, 2018.

 

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