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An actor's soul

An actor's soul

The dining room/library faces an inner courtyard

When he moved out of Place des Vosges, Jean-Claude Brialy looked for an apartment on the Île Saint-Louis straight away. The cult thespian of the French new wave, who owned the restaurant l’Orangerie, loved the warm, singular atmosphere of this “village”, with its many convenience stores. And its majestic scenery, by the banks of the Seine. He finally found the perfect spot in a late-17th-century building, located on Quai de Bourbon. At the turn of the 1990s, Brialy, who worked with Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Luis Buñuel, notably, went for a fourth-floor flat overlooking the river, the embankments and the Hôtel de Ville. It features two huge windows in the living room and a fireplace in the bedroom. “At treetop level, this quiet place housed many movie stars, such as Alain Delon or Jeanne Moreau,” Emile Garcin stresses. “By night, the view on the Seine is exceptional.” Magnified by a renowned interior decorator, the stylish apartment combines vintage elements (Versailles woodflooring, Burgundy stones, oak tailpieces, fireplaces) and splendid 18th century woodwork. An elevator in the hall, a dining room with a beautiful wood library, a 30-sq m Master bedroom adjacent with a dressing and a bathroom, a bright country kitchen, and a standalone second bedroom with a shower room round out the floor. Upstairs, a 26-sq m studio can be used as a study, a maid’s room or an extra bedroom. Two cellars are included in the sale.

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