Galerie Dumonteil’s ‘Splendor on the Riviera’ exhibition
The opening of Galerie Dumonteil’s latest exhibition, Splendor on the Riviera, in New York was very much an Anglo-American affair.
The showcase centres upon the works of Camille Roche (1894 – 1948), a favourite of the likes of Coco Chanel and the Rothschild family in the interwar period, and features the contents of an English aristocratic family’s dining room from their villa on the Côte d’Azur. The items have been in storage for over seventy years.
Camille Roche’s story is tinged with sadness. Married to an American who was deported by the Nazis, the artist – best known for his frescoes of animals, the countryside and families – died of sadness in 1948. His atelier in the Loire region was reopened by his children in 1990 and Galerie Dumonteil’s exhibition is the first in New York since a showcase was held at the Wildenstein Gallery in 1937.
Britain was represented at the opening party in the form of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley and the Duchess of Marlborough whilst the American elite numbered designer Geoffrey Bradfield, Susan Gutfreund (the wife of the “King of Wall Street” John H. Gutfreund) and Sharon Handler Loeb (the third wife of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.).
The exhibition runs until the 23rd November.
Galerie Dumonteil, 475 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Telephone: +1 212 840 0475.
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What’s with the spelling? Isn’t it “SPLENDOUR”?????
Cholmondeley and his wife look terribly ill at ease amongst New York’s finest