Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Villa Thenard, Antibes

French chemist Baron Louis-Jaques Thenard built this villa before his death in 1857. Russian Grand Dukes Nikolai and Peter Nikolaevich Romanoff (cousins of the last tsar) moved into the villa with their wives on May 1, 1919. The exiled brothers would both die here in 1929 and 1931, respectively.

Today, the property is known as Chateau Algarve and it is available as a luxury vacation rental.

Salviati mosaic decorations adorned the villa including a frieze and portraits of various men. The status of these mosaics is unknown, although it is possible that they were removed or lost during past renovations.

Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 135.
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Agence du Cap d'Antibes
Chateau Algarve

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