Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo auction

Iconic pieces go under the hammer in advance of a major renovation

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The chance to acquire a historic sliver of Riviera glamour will arise when a sale of furnishings from the legendary Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo takes place ahead of an extensive renovation. The hotel – a fine example of belle-époque architecture – has a colourful history. Dating from 1864, it has welcomed stars from Charlie Chaplin to Cary Grant, artists and novelists from Salvador Dalí to Colette. It was here that Errol Flynn married, Princess Grace of Monaco celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary and Winston Churchill had his own suite. Karl Lagerfeld, meanwhile, designed the staff uniforms. Now, with this wide-ranging sale, which runs from January 25 to 30 (viewing at the hotel from January 21 to 24), everyone has a chance “to call a little bit of Monaco’s magic their own”, as François Tajan, co-chairman of host auction house Artcurial, puts it.

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More than 4,000 lots will be offered in the six-day sale. They include furniture from 138 suites, lighting from the casino and 400 lots of crockery, including 2,000 plates, while a wealth of bathroom linens embroidered with the hotel’s initials includes 300 dressing gowns. There are even 140 branded umbrellas up for grabs.

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Highlights include the piano from the Bar Américain (estimate €4,000-€6,000), the giant (10m x 6m) lobby rug (€10,000-€15,000) and a pair of carved aluminium candlesticks signed by sculptor François-Xavier Lalanne (€3,000-€4,000). A cream sofa (€3,000-€4,000, second picture) and a creamy lacquered-wood dressing table with Louis XVI-style medallion armchair (€1,500-€2,000), both from the Sarah Bernhardt suite, and an English-style bench (€600-€800) from the Winston Churchill suite are also among the star lots.

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Further eye-catchers include a Chinese-style desk and armchair in red-lacquered wood (€1,500-€2,000), a Principality of Monaco coffee table with decorated inlaid-marble top on a gilded-bronze base (€2,000-€3,000) and a monumental pair of Louis XVI-style gilded-bronze wall sconces (€10,000-€15,000) from the casino. Contemporary pieces, meanwhile, include a pair of Funny Valentine chairs with colourful leather seats designed (and signed) by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for Ligne Roset (€1,200-€1,500, third picture) and a pair of Feuilles lamps with leaf-like bases in gilded, burnished metal (€600-€800, first picture).

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Anyone looking for pedigree bathroom linen might be tempted by a set that comprises dressing gowns for a man and woman, two pairs of slippers, two bath sheets, two towels and a bath mat (€300-€500). And those stocking up on smart dinnerware might bid for a dozen art-deco plates in Bauscher Weiden porcelain from the hotel’s Salle Empire marked “Empire Room – SBM Monte Carlo – décors exclusives SBM” (€300-€500, fourth picture). That should get guests talking.

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