Architect Jacques-Marcel Auburtin was eventually entrusted with the design of the Villa, having scrupulously met all of Béatrice Ephrussi’s requirements. In 1933, a year before her death, Beatrice bequeathed her Villa and the entirety of its collections to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. However at the time, the site was rather inaccessible—it was little more than a barren rocky area traversed by a mule track. Online Resources. That same year, the landscape architect Louis Marchand was entrusted with designing the themed gardens of the estate: a Spanish, Florentine, Japanese, and Mexican garden. One of her relatives would describe Béatrice on her deathbed in the following words: ‘she was still beautiful, with the snowy halo of her hair surrounding the deathly pallor of her face’. When Louis Marchand returned to the Villa after the war, he quickly began work on the badly neglected gardens, soon restoring them to their pre-war splendour. Béatrice was the daughter of the baron, Alphonse de Rothschild, a banker and renowned art collector. The site chosen for the Villa was not particularly conducive to the creation of a garden. Maurice was a gambler and in 1904, his debts totalled over 12 million gold francs, the equivalent of 30 million euros today. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (Google Maps). He was assisted by Aaron Messiah, an architect from Nice who would go on to build several villas for the aristocracy. The marriage quickly turned sour for Béatrice. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a sumptuous residence surrounded by nine idyllic gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat on the Côte d’Azur, was constructed during the Belle Epoque by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. As the Villa’s lavish gardens are more exposed to the cold wind than other gardens on the cape, the estate lost many of its tall, beautiful trees and almost all of the Mexican garden. In line with the measures taken by the government, the Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa is closed until further notice. 1985 was marked by a particularly harsh winter. Yes, her parents were cousins. The Villa remained unattended and the gardens abandoned for two years. This impressive villa was built in 1906 by Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. It took seven years to complete due to Beatrice’s ever-changing demands on how she wanted it to look. It overlooks the Mediterranean sea from Cap Ferrat and it is full of antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures and a collection of rare porcelain, while the gardens are classified as Notable Gardens of France. Beatrice’s bedroom - © Culturespaces / Sophie Lloyd. Here Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild collected her collection of artworks, now displayed in a museum house. Villa Ephrussi of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, is a Belle Epoque jewel stuck between Monaco and Nice. Media in category "Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild" This category contains only the following file. A train arrive from Paris loaded with furniture and works of art. She acquired a Tiepolo ceiling, eighteenth-century furniture, a games table that had once belonged to Marie Antoinette, a rug commissioned by Louis XIV…. This villa was the home of Béatrice de Rothschild. Béatrice was the daughter of baron Alphonse de Rothschild, a banker and renowned art collector. The Marnier Lapostolle family, who lived in the neighbouring villa and were friends of the former head gardener and the owners of a remarkable collection of cacti and rare plants, offered many of the plants from their own collection to the Villa Ephrussi in an effort to restore the devastated Mexican garden, today referred to as the ‘exotic garden’. Béatrice was especially fastidious when it came to the choice of an architect. She was the daughter of Alphonse de Rothschild, a head of the wealthy and powerful Rothschild banking family of France. 2006 Cap Ferrat - Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild… Set in Cap Ferrat, about halfway between Nice and Monaco, the Villa Ephrussi is the former home of socialite, Beatrice de Rothschild. Work on the gardens began immediately and took seven years to complete. Several years passed before the extensive gardens were completed. Born in Paris on 14 September 1864, she died in Switzerland on 7 April 1934. The Baroness had the ground dynamited and large quantities of earth were brought in to relevel the surface. Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild had exquisite taste and collected well over 5,000 pieces ranging from fine furniture to paintings, statues, and porcelain dinnerware. Indeed, creating a park on a rocky promontory covered with trees and exposed to strong winds was quite a tour de force. Beatrice was the wife of banker Baron Maurice de Ephrussi and a prominent member of the Rothschild banking family. The Villa was decorated in the Rothschild style, i.e., with the best from each era, resulting in a somewhat eclectic mix! Culturespaces is responsible for organizing several events at the site, including the Fête des Roses et des Plantes (Rose and Plant Festival) showcasing the Villa’s splendid gardens. Charlotte Béatrice de Rothschild (14 September 1864 – 7 April 1934) was a French socialite, art collector, and a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family of France. A bit of background: Born in 1864, highly-intelligent Béatrice was the daughter of the banker and major art collector Baron Alphonse de Rothschild. When she learned of the sale of the terrain and that the Belgian King, Léopold II, was also interested in it, she purchased it without hesitation. Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild: creator and collector. She acquired many items—a Tiepolo ceiling, eighteenth-century furniture, a games table that had once belonged to Marie Antoinette, and a rug commissioned by Louis XIV—to furnish the future villa. She continued the family tradition of supporting many charitable works. No dia 5 de Junho de 1883, casou com o banqueiro milionário judeu russo Maurice Ephrussi. Béatrice was born into the Rothschild banking family in 1864 and at the age of 19 she married the French banker Maurice Ephrussi. She contracted a serious illness from Maurice, which prevented her from having children. The woman who lived there, Beatrice de Rothschild, bought the land and had this architectural landmark built over five years. Exotic Garden © Culturespaces / Sophie Lloyd. The Académie des Beaux-Arts entrusted the management of the site to Culturespaces. When she first discovered this plot of land, she was immediately seduced by the beauty of the surroundings. Only being able to live in it for 4 years before her husband died, she couldn't bare to live in it again. Béatrice was the daughter of the baron, Alphonse de Rothschild, a banker and renowned art collector. They separated after twenty years of marriage, due in part to her husband’s addiction to gambling (oh, and the fact that he gave her syphilis). French Garden © Culturespaces / Pierre Behar - A vol d'oiseau, French Garden © Culturespaces / Sophie Lloyd, When the Baroness moved into the Villa, four hectares of the gardens were still to be landscaped. This year was marked by a particularly harsh winter. When the Baroness moved into the Villa, four hectares of the gardens were still to be landscaped. ), 2016, II, p. 250-259. Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat One of the spectacular highlights of staying in Villefranche sur Mer is undoubtedly the experience of visiting the breathtaking Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.. When she learned of the sale of the terrain and that the Belgian King, Léopold II, was also interested in it, she purchased it without hesitation. Architect Jacques-Marcel Auburtin was eventually entrusted with the design of the Villa, having scrupulously met all of Béatrice Ephrussi’s requirements. He also had water put in the fountains and renovated the French formal gardens. Work on the gardens began immediately and took seven years to complete. She created a veritable mobile and living decor: it was not uncommon to see her employees hidden in pyramids of green cardboard, representing cypress trees, or manoeuvring long strips of silver, grey and green fabric in an attempt to determine the exact location of the ponds, driveways and flower beds…. The family motto was ‘Ars Patriae Decus’: ‘Art is the honour of the fatherland’. Media in category "Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild" The following 104 files are in this category, out of 104 total. The marriage quickly turned sour for Béatrice. Constructed between 1905 and 1912 for Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild following her divorce in 1904 from Baron Maurice Ephrussi. Béatrice lived there only sporadically, spending most of her time in her other homes. Spanish Garden © Culturespaces / Eric Spiller, Japanese Garden © Culturespaces / Sophie Lloyd. On her death in 1934, Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi bequeathed the management of the villa to a foundation bearing her name so that the building could be turned into a museum. Béatrice's father died in 1905 and the Baroness inherited his immense fortune. She was always dressed beautifully in blue, with a ribbon of the same colour, and a small fox terrier lying at her feet (...) 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