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Part of the magnificent gardens at the Rothschild Villa on Cap Ferrat.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a French seaside palazzo constructed between 1905 and 1912 at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (1864–1934) in the Goût Rothschild. It was designed by the Belgian architect Aaron Messiah. A member of the prominent Rothschild banking family and the wife of the wealthy Russian-Jewish banker Baron de Ephrussi, Béatrice de Rothschild built her rose-colored villa on a promontory on the isthmus of Cap Ferrat overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures, objets d’art, and assembled an extensive collection of rare porcelain. The gardens are classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.
On her death in 1934, the Baroness charitably gifted the property and its collections to the Académie des Beaux Arts division of the Institut de France and it is now open to the public.
The Gardens
The fountains and the Temple of Love
The Spanish garden
The Stone garden
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and gardens
The villa is surrounded by nine gardens, each on a different theme: Florentine, Spanish, Garden à la française, exotic, a stone garden, a Japanese garden, a rose garden and a garden de Sèvres. They were created between 1905 and 1912 under the direction of landscape architect Achille Duchêne.
The garden was conceived in the form of a ship, to be viewed from the loggia of the house, which was like the bridge of a vessel, with the sea visible on all sides. It was inspired by voyage she made on the liner ’Île de France, and the villa was given that name. The thirty gardeners who maintained the garden were dressed as sailors, with berets with red pom poms.
The Garden à la française is the largest garden, and occupies the area behind the villa. Next to the villa is a terrace with a formal French garden and topiaries. Beyond the terrace is a park with palm trees and a long basin, ornamented with fountains, statues, and basins with water lilies and other aquatic plants. On the far end of the park is a hill covered with cypress trees, surrounding a replica garden of the temple of Love at the Grand Trianon palace. The slope below temple has a cascade of water in the form of a stairway, which feeds into the large basin.
A stairway from the French garden descends to the circle of gardens on the lower level. The Spanish garden features a shaded courtyard and fountain, with aromatic plants, Catalan amphorae, and a gallo-roman bench. The Florentine garden, facing the rade of Villefranche, has a grand stairway, an artificial grotto, and an ephebe of marble. Beyond the Florentine garden is the lapidary, or stone garden, with an assortment of gargoyles, columns, and other architectural elements from ancient and medieval buildings. the Japanese garden has a wooden pavilion, a bridge, and lanterns. The exotic garden features giant cactus and other rare plants. A rose garden with a statue surrounded by columns adjoins it, with pink, the favorite color of the owner, the predominant color. On the east side of the villa is a garden of native plants of Provence and a garden with decorations of sevres porcelain.
The villa was registered as a historical monument in 1996.

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  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...over 2 years ago

    Ok Joyce – I really want to know something (LOL)….. do you actually rememebr all this history with such vivid details, or…….. ok……….. never mind…. (LOL)….. are you going to post some pics from the fountains and the Temple of Love? or just this teaser????

  • Hany darling…………….I cheat ever so slightly by the clever use of google……………..having said that……………I could actually be a tour guide or a curator somewhere………….I love amassing knowledge…………..part of my Sagittarian personality…………….I was the last woman standing, out of 3000 contestants on an iconic British quiz programme…………….. I finished in 5th place……….I am looking at my polished halo as I type……….I am also supremely modest ………………as I am sure you will have noticed by this stage………….an evening in my company Hany would be most enjoyable and funny…………….guaranteed…………………oh I will be putting up beautiful caryatids……………….your erudite Irish friend…………………………Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...over 2 years ago

    Quite impressive… that is…. the Sagittarian part….. the supremely modest part (LOL)…..the last woman standing part….. the caryatid part….. the erudite part….i’m having trouble deciding which is the most impressive (LOL)…… ok….I’ve made up my mind……

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 2 years ago

    You two blow me away!!…….Stunning place indeed!!…the gardens are to die for!

  • This is such fun Kate……………….I just love people who get my sense of humour…………..life is meant to be enjoyed and I try to inject a bit of humour into my day…………….I love getting your little comments each day too…………..they mean a lot……………..meantime…………let the fun continue until the two of us are banned from Red Bubble……………….lol……………………Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • MartinJohnson
    MartinJohnsonover 2 years ago

    It looks like paradise to…..excellent shot and write up

  • It is the most divine place…………..I love it………………thank you Martin…………….Joyce!!

    – Fara

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