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A Villa Kerylos Ceiling by Fara

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A ceiling from the beautiful Villa Kerylos taken on a visit to the French Riviera in 2011. Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a Greek-style property built in the early 1900s by French archaeologist Theodore Reinach, and his wife Fanny Kann, a daughter of Maximilien Kann and Betty Ephrussi, of the Ephrussi family.

Madame Fanny Reinach was a cousin of Maurice Ephrussi, who was married to Béatrice de Rothschild. Inspired by the beauty of the Reinach’s Villa Kerylos and the area they built the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at nearby Cap Ferrat.
A Greek word, “Kerylos” means Halcyon or kingfisher which in Greek mythology was considered a bird of good omen.
Reinach admired the architecture, interior decoration and art of the ancient world and decided to recreate the atmosphere of a luxurious Greek villa in a new building. He purchased land surrounded on three sides by the sea on the tip of the Baie des Fourmis at Beaulieu-sur-Mer which he felt offered a location similar to that of coastal Greek temples.
Reinach selected as architect Emmanuel Pontremoli, who drawing on this travels in Asia Minor designed a faithful reconstruction of the Greek noble houses built on the island of Delos in the 2nd century B.C. and laid out the building around an open peristyle courtyard.
Construction of the building began in 1902 and took 6 years to complete. The interior integrated influences from Rome, Pompeii and Egypt with the interior decoration overseen by Gustave Louis Jaulmes and Adrian Karbowsky. Stucco bas-reliefs were created by sculptor Paul Jean-Bapiste Gascq.
Reinach commissioned exact copies of ancient Grecian chairs, tabourets and klismos furniture kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples from the cabinetmaker Bettenfeld. Other were to original designs by Pontremoli.
The building incorporated all the latest modern early 20th century features including plumbing and underfloor heating.
Upon his death in 1928, Reinach bequeathed the property to the Institut de France, of which he had been a member. His children and grandchildren continued to live there until 1967, when the villa was classified as a Monument historique. It is now a museum open to the public.
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  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 2 years ago

    Your perspective works very well with this varying patterns pallet

  • This was an amazing villa in the most beautiful setting imaginable………………the mansion next door belonged to the Eiffel family………………..of the tower fame…………………..fascinating place………………thanks Byron

    – Fara

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful, great capture.

  • Many thanks my friend…………………..x

    – Fara

  • vette
    vettealmost 2 years ago

    WOW, awesome capture Joyce. Such magnificent detail….yet it makes me feel a little giddy if I look at it too long :o). How are you my friend, Happy New Year to you, hope your year had a better start to it than mine did.

  • I love this villa Susan and you would too……………….it is so beautiful if slightly over the top…………..but all in the best possible taste of course…………….you have had a rotten start to your year and I do think it is one of the worst months to cope with………………I do hope you are getting over your flu and feeling rotten stuff……………..there is so much sickness here at the moment…………..I am almost afraid to congratulate myself but so far I have missed it………………….I still have my sinus problems but I can sort of cope with that……………..I did however eat some Roquefort cheese tonight so that will not help………………anyway I should be trying to sleep instead of bringing laptop to bed with me………………oh, the bliss of living alone surrounded by lavender scented cushions, 49 crossword puzzle books, two spotlights, all my lovely books and a large box of dark chocolate…………………..oh, and a lovely map of France……………….all that was leading up to the fact that I cannot sleep as my daughter-in-law is in hospital having my third grandchild and I am so excited to find out what it is………………as soon as I know I will tell everyone on RB……………..my son is with her……………I have had to turn my mobile off because if it rings it is so loud it will awaken the people three streets away………………….you get the picture……………..I have a new phone which is designed for the nearly blind and the nearly deaf…………………..well it is not really but that is what I requested in the shop………………I lost my last phone down between the gear stick and the runner that lets the front seat of the car go back…………………..I only realised where it was when the thing needed to be recharged……………..I hate mobile phones…………………I am now starting to ramble like Hany……………isn’t it good to have him around again with his wonderful images of Balls Falls………………………haha……………………I am off to check my silent phone again…………………excuse the rambling nature of this thank you for the wonderful comment on my image…………………..hugs from the mad Irish woman………………………..Joyce……………xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    – Fara

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 2 years ago

    What wonderful designs!

  • It was quite splendid……………………….thanks Stephanie………………………………..x

    – Fara

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanalmost 2 years ago

    It’s a great design Joyce and you have captured it in such sharp detail. Love the pov too.

  • Many thanks Tony…………….it is a wonderful villa with very interesting features…………………………..Joyce

    – Fara

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...almost 2 years ago

    10/01/13

  • Thank you very much Vicki……………………………Joyce

    – Fara

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7almost 2 years ago

    What a striking image, friend!…….I thought it must be in Greece or Crete, interesting it is S of France!………bold and beautiful……love it.
    Keep warm,
    Dave xx

  • Thank you my friend…………………I think the cold weather is on the way so we both need to keep warm………………………….have a great weekend…………………….Joyce………..xx

    – Fara

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroalmost 2 years ago

    wonderful patterns…. congratulations on your feature

  • Thank you so much Maria………………………I am delighted…………………………Joyce

    – Fara

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