Here's an odd coincidence - I just finished reading two mildly interesting "mystery" books set in the same apartment from the Belle Epoque in Paris. Apparently the books were inspired by a true life story of an apartment of a courtesan from that era which was uncovered untouched in 2010.
a place with the story in a blog post-
One of the people who unlocked the house in 2010, Olivier Choppin-Janvry, spotted a tableau of a woman in pink and "his heart missed a beat." The painting turned out to be an original by Italian portrait painter Giovanni Boldini, who found a muse in Marthe de Florian, an actress and the grandmother of the recently deceased Mrs. de Florian. The painting sold for $2.746M at auction.
now this might seem like a strange intro to a dinner party but I was enchanted by our friends' apartment (which we had not visited) immediately upon entering, because it is decorated in a Parisian style from the Beaux Arts period (so a bit later than Belle Epoque- but still a wonderful surprise)
the place settings from three of the four round 8 top tables - two in the living room area and two in what they call the aquariroom (murals of fish and sea creatures) which is the kids play station TV room.
here is a cut and paste from last October a post I did after we returned from Georgia and were catching up with lots of friends LOL
"Then we had the following schedule for the week post trip-Somerset with Todd & Evelyn on Tuesday - Kiki's Bistro with Shari & Kevin on Wednesday and on Thursday Phil went with Zack to watch the Cubs playoff game 5 for the pennant (which they lost) Friday night we had dinner at mfk. with John & Stephanie...."
the food started with massive numbers of canapes - much to enjoy - tray after tray (this is one of probably five or six different mixes that came by)
by the time we went to the tables the foie course was arriving-
John and Stephanie brought the 95 d' Yquem to share for this course! and it was a totally fab vintage (we have nothing later than 1990 and said to ourselves maybe we should think about buying some later vintages in smaller quantities to cover the Sauternes needs of the future wine consumption.
as we went into heartier courses we had two reds from us (the La Tour was horribly tannic to me but the Pommard Rugiens was fabulous!) and a lovely white 2009 Chassagne Montrachet that Kevin and Shari brought.
sweetbreads were good but the mushrooms were to die for - yum yum!
cassoulet was an excellent match with the White burg
the cheese course was paired at our table with the 1977 Graham's Port
by dessert we had all been over served (by ourselves LOL) and over fed (by our hosts and Chef Didier) and everyone was pretty much moaning "uncle" LOL
the rec room gang of Table 3 and 4
the living room table - shown with some of the amazing ceramics collection of the hosts-
we might have been entering MAXIM'S #awestruck
the ceiling from the Aquariroom ;-)
there were several bathroom but this is the one I used - #lovelydecorating #beauxartsfantasy
through triple pane windows - the fireworks at Navy Pier...
a fabulous evening with many of our favorite people! a huge shout out of thanks to our hosts! Todd and Evelyn... a perfect evening in every way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tonight dinner with my travel buddy Tom who is flying through Chicago and made time to stop over and tomorrow Oceanique and then Wednesday El Ideas (we haven't been yet this season) and Friday the pop up - where we will be rejoined by Shari and Stephanie & John, and possibly Beth.... so plenty to keep us busy!