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The Finest Houses Of Paris [Anglais] [Relié]

Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery , Jean-Bernard Naudin

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Mummefied Magnificence 6 juillet 2002
Par Stephen G. Glazer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Don't let a fondness for Proustian luxe sucker you into purchasing this book containing mediocre photography and a text of perfumed flatulence. The ostensible purpose of the book is to reveal French urban, aristocratic taste as of the late twentieth century, or more accurately the taste of their designers (the usual cast of Henri, Renzo, etc.)and other arbiters of taste (Hubert, Alexis, Carlos, etc.). Certainly, there are more than enough interiors of the mummefied magnificence that comes from cocooning staggering numbers of objects in layer after layer of fabric (WARNING: Do not try at home. If you do not possess first-rate things and have access to the production from the best mills in Italy and France, you will achieve only The Old Junkshop look), but the pictures are uniformly fuzzy, muddy and printed on poor quality paper. Most maddening of all, the photography neglects genuine masterpieces (you cannot catch more than a glimpse, for example, of the incomparable Ingres portrait of Betty Rothschild) while devoting page after page to boring tabletop vignettes usually consisting of a few knicknacks and photographs of long-dead nobodies as children. In fact, the real purpose of the book is apparently to provide the author with a vehicle to boast about her ancestors (many of those same long-dead nobodies) and the elegant life they led. There is also a stench of moral decay most evident in the fawning description of Lady Mosley with an outrageous defense of British fascism before World War II. Mostly, however, the premise of the book seems to be that you are what you own, or more accurately what you inherit -- a concept so inherently ridiculous that even the owners of the homes depicted in the book had the good sense for the most part to insist on anonymity. If you truly want to revel in the atmosphere of things past, make yourself a cup of tea, find a hard biscuit and settle back in your recliner with the first volume of you know what.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I think I died and went to heaven! 21 août 2013
Par Reading Rocks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Paris is one of my favorite cities and in my next life, I will live there (hopefully in one of the homes shown in this book)! I had purchased this book from amazon many years ago and somehow it got lost during a house move and I had to re-purchase it -- that's how much I love it. One of the authors, Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery, also was a co-author of the book The French Chateau: Life, Style, Tradition, so I knew I would love The Finest Houses of Paris. I wouldn't consider this book a "photo book" but rather, a book with gorgeous photos of homes in Paris accompanied by narration. There are tons of photos and they are all clear, crisp, large and most of them show entire rooms. Smaller shots show things on tables, or place settings, etc. Some homes belong to well-known individuals (Hubert Givenchy, Baron and Baroness Rothschild); other homes below to well-heeled people that I did not know. Many of the homes are actually really huge, huge apartments and others are actual free-standing homes with lovely gardens. This book appealed to my interest in decorating and design, but when accompanied by the verbiage which includes the history of each home and their current inhabitants, this book would appeal to anyone who loves Paris.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely! 19 juillet 2008
Par Javier Barrios - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Lovely pictures of Paris interiors -nothing really fancy or grand, but still very luxurious homes.
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