The Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild Friends held their annual gala evening in the gardens of the gorgeous villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat on July 23, 2013. This year, they were celebrating the centenary of this dream house, now a museum surrounded by exceptionally beautiful gardens.
With its mild climate, the Côte d’Azur is France’s exotic garden. In addition to the rich English and Russian, it attracts the late 19th century – early 20th Café Society using the Blue Train to reach Nice with an enjoyable luxurious comfort. Early 1913, the construction of the villa of the Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi De Rothschild is completed while at the same time, the Negresco is inaugurated. These two century-old French Riviera myths have teamed up to offer a “Summer Evening on the Côte d’Azur ” as a tribute to the art of living in the sun of the French Riviera.
This gala event was at the invitation of Arnaud D’Hauterives, perpetual secretary of the Academy of Beaux-Arts – Institut De France and President of honor of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild Friends, and Alain-Charles Perrot, Member the Academy of Beaux-Arts – Institut De France and ex officio member of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild Friends.
The purpose of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild Friends is to fund the restoration policy of the museum collections and contribute, to the extent of its means of philanthropy and volunteerism, to the maintenance and restoration of works of art in the Villa. The gorgeous Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is one of the jewels of the Academy of Beaux-Arts of the Institut De France. It is managed on behalf of the Academy by the company Culturespaces.
The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is one of the most beautiful palaces of Renaissance style in the French Riviera built on a summit of the Cap Ferrat. At her death, the Baroness bequeathed the management of her villa to a foundation bearing her name, in order to open a museum. The museum presents the residence of a great lover of art of the Belle Epoque who expressed a special attraction for the eighteenth century. The villa is also called “Ile-de-France” because of the main garden in the shape of a ship’s deck. Nine gardens surround the villa on seven acres. Spanish, Italian, exotic, Provence gardens are added to “à la Française” and Japanese gardens and rose garden. A large basin span in the middle of the main garden and offer musical water games.
General picture during the speeches – from left to right:
Marlene Cesarini, Mayor of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat – André Charpentier, Director of The Hotel Negresco – Olivier Perpoint, General Secretary of the Association of Friends of the Villa EdR, Pacôme de Galliffet, Villa EdR’s Director – Charles Perrot, a member of the Academy of Beaux-Arts – Institut de France and ex officio member of the Friends of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – Irmgard Steabler, Treasurer – Madeleine Destombe, member of the association – Lucien Clergue, photographer and member of the Academy of Beaux-Arts of Institut de France (he is President of the Academy for 2013) – Franziska Lugol, member of the association – Jacques Pellerin, member of the association – Jean louis Goubin, Director of Cabinet of the Academy of Beaux-Arts.