own a little piece of the crillon hotel

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]If you are in Paris this afternoon, or any day this week, you could find more boring things to do than to wander over to the Crillon hotel, Place de la Concorde, and raise your finger to bid on one of the many treasures being auctioned off from the hotel.[blank]
[blank]Built in 1785, bought by the Crillon family in 1787, the hotel closed its doors at the end of March to prepare itself for two years of renovation.

The hotel has changed hands, indeed it is technically no longer French.  In 2005 it was bought by a Prince from Saudi Arabia, but it is an American group that are running the place today and  they  are embarking on a restoration project that promises to be spectacular.[blank]

[blank]Using the finest craftsmen, they promise to bring the 18th century palace back to its original glory.  The re-opening is for 2015.[blank]

[blank]Over three centuries, the Hôtel de Crillon has acquired an extraordinary collection of decorative art. For this auction, the legendary Parisian hotel will share its magic with visitors.   Antique furniture, lamps, silver and porcelain, as well as fine wines and spirits, will be among the 3,500 lots for sale. The proceeds from the auction of certain custom-made works by French artists and fashion designers will be donated to charity.[blank]
[blank]There will be large pieces of furniture up for sale, but also hotel silver, chandeliers, bathrobes, curtains , ashtrays …. you can imagine how much treasure may be stashed away behind these walls.
I won’t be able to get into Paris this week as things are rather busy here, but if you go I’d love to hear all about it![blank]


Magnolia Verandah April 18, 2013 - 9:37 am

Oh my how I would love to attend something like this.

Barbara April 18, 2013 - 11:36 am

What a thrilling event!!! Just to see all the splendid lovelies that this magnificent hotel has accrued in their collection, would be a treat in itself!! Yet, to own a piece would be beyond dreamy!!
Sharon, thank you for bringing all these fabulous events into our lives even to simply dream on!! Your Blog continues to delight and amaze!!

Warmest Wishes!!
Barbara P.

The enchanted home April 18, 2013 - 12:24 pm

I have been following this along and know someone there right this minute for the auction…lucky her! I cannot imagine how incredibly exciting it must be to be there and then the thought of owning something from this iconic hotel..how neat is that!

sharon santoni at my french country home April 18, 2013 - 1:07 pm

it is dreamy isn't it!

sharon santoni at my french country home April 18, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Don't you think that to have a silver teapot with the Crillon 'C' on the side would be fun?!

thank you for your kind words Barbara


sharon santoni at my french country home April 18, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Lucky her indeed! I'd love to know what she ends up buying …

ArchitectDesign™ April 18, 2013 - 2:53 pm

It makes me sad that it will be changing, but I'm sure it will be beautiful. How wonderful would one of those silver teapots be!!!

Aunty Belle April 18, 2013 - 6:43 pm

me too! An enchantment to think of one of those teapots on the table … but it is sort of sad–that it is not owned by A French family, and that many treasures will be auctioned off. I suppose the re-open date is already fully booked!!

Curtains in My Tree April 18, 2013 - 7:47 pm

It makes my stomach hurt to see those pictures and know I can't have a piece of all that glamorous stuff , like those coffee pots , I love hotel silver pieces


Jennifer C. Webb April 18, 2013 - 8:45 pm

oh how I wish I could be there…even if for only a small trinket. I think I still have a paper napkin in a scrapbook from a cocktail I had there a few years back…all I could afford after having dinner there. Was sad to see it so quiet a few weeks ago…very still but majestic

Karen (Back Road Journal) April 20, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Oh how I would have loved a small token from the Crillon. I have wonderful memories of staying there. The hotel apologized that our room was not available as a Japanese delegation had taken over a whole floor of the hotel. To make amends, the hotel gave us a gorgeous suite…it was like a living in a dream.

Chris April 22, 2013 - 3:44 am

Making a be-line to the hotel!!
xoxo, Chris

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Amore November 28, 2014 - 5:22 am

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