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Paris certainly has no shortage of chic places to shop but when it comes to home décor, the spacious boutique of the eclectic Maison Roméo in the city’s 12th arrondissement is without equal. The brand, founded almost 50 years ago by interior designer Claude Dalle “on the principles of extravagance, juxtaposition, eclecticism, and French expertise” has catered to the likes of Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Alain Delon, not to mention ambassadors and Royal families from the Middle East to Africa. Dalle’s passion for decorative arts and crafts as well as his opulent aesthetic and penchant for luxury materials has established Maison Roméo’s showroom on 208 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine as one of the premium home décor addresses in the City of Light.
And now Artcurial, the French auction house for modern and contemporary art, is auctioning off over 1,500 furniture pieces and works of art by the legendary brand during a two-day event in Paris on November 9th and 10th—the collection is also available for in-person preview from November 4 to 7 at Artcurial’s headquarters.
True to Dalle’s affinity for contemporary opulence and royal grandeur, the items are the epitome of “high decoration” and feel like a journey through time.
A Louis XVI-style chest of drawers inspired by an elaborate cabinet Jean Henri Riesener created for the bedroom of Louis XVI at the Château de Versailles is estimated to fetch between $17,600 and $23,500, while a bookcase the Napoléon III period with Berain-style decoration and Boulle marquetry is expected to sell for over $5,800. Other big-ticket items from the auction include a three-seat royal sofa upholstered in red velvet Versace fabric in a neoclassical print and a striking 1962 Roger Tallon spiral staircase in polished aluminum.
Maison Roméo’s lavish style and emphasis on craftsmanship are not only evident in their choice of the finest materials and fabrics but also in the prestigious companies the company has collaborated with through the years—Missoni, Versace, Tassinari & Chatel-Lelièvre Paris, and Pierre Frey just to name a few. And the auction will showcase that as well. Included in the sale are a wool and silk rug by Maison Sabet Persepolis that features a leafy jungle motif in khaki shades and two Sheherazade-inspired circular poufs, upholstered in gold and silver-thread fabric.