A time capsule full of treasures: Untouched Apartment in Paris Opened After 70 Years


In 1942, during the war, a young Parisian woman fled to Southern France, leaving behind a lavish apartment in Paris that she would never return to. 70 years later, its hidden trove of artwork has finally been exposed for the first time.

Madame de Florian was a member of high society and the French actress who during the war, went to the south of France. She had a flat in Paris on the right bank near the Opera Garnier. She wanted to return, but she never returned to the apartment after the war.

a time capsule full of treasures

From 1942. the apartment was sealed and intact and in the same state as it was left at that time, until recently, when the auctioneer went to her apartment. What he found could be called a time capsule, full of treasures. Apartment is perfectly preserved.

Entering this apartment represents a return to the past

Madame de Florian was paying the rent for the apartment until his death 2010th , when he died at 91 year of life.

The owner of the apartment died three years ago at the age of 91, which is when the owner’s executor sent a team to investigate the apartment she left behind. They found a wonderfully-preserved and sumptuous Parisian apartment filled with beautiful antiques and artwork.

Painting Worth $3.4 Million found in apartment

One piece, however, stood out from the rest of the artistic and historic relics – 19th-century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini’s portrait of his muse, Marthe de Florian. In the painting, this famous Parisian socialite and actress is depicted wearing a beautiful and revealing pink muslin dress. The painting was painted in 1888, when de Florian was just 24 years old. The painting itself has been valued at roughly $3.4 million.

Love letters

In an interesting twist befitting of such a discovery, it turns out that the apartment’s late owner was none other than Marthe de Florian’s granddaughter. It is by the love notes and letters between de Florian and Boldini found at the apartment that the woman in the painting was identified.

Complete furniture remained intact and it looks the same as it was yesterday left there, except of course the dust.



The apartment can be called a lesson from history – showing what life was like in Paris at that time.


They found in the apartment paintings by the artist Giovanni Boldini, a portrait of the owner of the apartment Madame de Florian.




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