Throughout subsequent decades, the mansion continued to open its doors to friends of Maison Perrier-Jouët. When Michel Budin, a relative of the Gallice family and a collector of Art Nouveau, took over the business, he had a glorious vision – to transform the house into a celebration of savoir-faire and savoir-vivre, uniting once and for all the wonders of art and nature. The Maison Belle Epoque was born.
LA BELLE EPOQUE
The term “Belle Epoque” designates the years between 1895 and 1914, when France was swept along by whirlwind progress in science and the arts. The expression was coined in the grim aftermath of the First World War when, in retrospect, the era appeared even more dazzling. Paris was the capital of culture and entertainment, with a flourishing opera, theatre and cabaret scene – vividly reflected by two pieces in the Maison Belle Epoque’s Art Nouveau collection: the lamp by Raoul Larche representing the dancer Loïe Fuller, and the portrait of the singer Yvette Guilbert by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
“The Maison Belle Epoque is an invitation to a certain art de vivre, to a moment suspended in time, a moment beyond time. It is an invitation to savour, not only champagne, but all the refinement that goes with it.”
Axelle de Buffevent, Style Director