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  • Jean-Michel Frank created this Parisian library in the 7th Arr in 1926 for the Pecci-Blunts. After the enormous success of his parchment room for the Noailles, the bon-ton flocked to hire Frank, in part to enjoy the novelty of hiring a designer who would ‘empty’ their apartment. The library was all in natural shades of white and beige; book shelves inlaid with straw marquetry, glass shelves and thin strips of gilded iron. The beige walls and the inset mirror also had a gilded edge – and the mantle was removed in order not to disrupt the design. Apparently, Frank intensely disliked pianos and was known for hiding these in alcoves or behind screens. In this room, he did both – placed the piano in an alcove with a screen. (perhaps his childhood piano lessons were phobia-making like mine) When you work for the jet-set, its not only the design which is intriguing – there are so many delicious bits of gossip – I am the Malaprop of Gossip, but Mimi Pecci was from a very grand Italian family and niece to Pope Leo XIII; her husband Cecil Blumenthal was a very rich American Jew. In a moment of dynastic realism, they joined names as Count & Countess Pecci-Blunt – Blunt to obscure his Jewish lineage, Pecci to retain the connection & a title created by her obliging Papal uncle. Mimi was relentlessly social and artistic & Cecil was artistic in another way. While shopping in London’s Lillywhite, he espied a sales clerk – Cecil Everley -and it was le coup de foudre. Cecil & Cecil were an item! He immediately gave the tall red-headed heartthrob a villa in Cap d ’Ail and another house in California. From then on Pecci-Blunt divided his time between his wife Mimi and children and his Cecil. He was forever asking unsympathetic hostesses to include Cecil Everley, who was notoriously dim-witted, for dinners and weekends. Social success eluded Everley, & he was always the 2nd Cecil, while Parisian wags soon dubbed Mimi & #039 ;la Reine des deux Ceciles’ #JeanMichelFrank #StrawMarquetry #PecciBlunt #Malapropism #FrenchArtDeco #LibraryPorn #LaReineDesDeuxCeciles #MinimalistInteriors #HandsOfAWorker #GarrisonRousseau
  • Jean-Michel Frank created this Parisian library in the 7th Arr in 1926 for the Pecci-Blunts. After the enormous success of his parchment room for the Noailles, the bon-ton flocked to hire Frank, in part to enjoy the novelty of hiring a designer who would ‘empty’ their apartment. The library was all in natural shades of white and beige; book shelves inlaid with straw marquetry, glass shelves and thin strips of gilded iron. The beige walls and the inset mirror also had a gilded edge – and the mantle was removed in order not to disrupt the design. Apparently, Frank intensely disliked pianos and was known for hiding these in alcoves or behind screens.  In this room, he did both – placed the piano in an alcove with a screen. (perhaps his childhood piano lessons were phobia-making like mine) When you work for the jet-set, its not only the design which is intriguing – there are so many delicious bits of gossip – I am the Malaprop of Gossip, but Mimi Pecci was from a very grand Italian family and niece to Pope Leo XIII; her husband Cecil Blumenthal was a very rich American Jew. In a moment of dynastic realism, they joined names as Count & Countess Pecci-Blunt – Blunt to obscure his Jewish lineage, Pecci to retain the connection & a title created by her obliging Papal uncle.  Mimi was relentlessly social and artistic & Cecil was artistic in another way.  While shopping in London’s Lillywhite, he espied a sales clerk – Cecil Everley -and it was le coup de foudre. Cecil & Cecil were an item! He immediately gave the tall red-headed heartthrob a villa in Cap d ’Ail and another house in California.  From then on Pecci-Blunt divided his time between his wife Mimi and children and his Cecil. He was forever asking unsympathetic hostesses to include Cecil Everley, who was notoriously dim-witted, for dinners and weekends.  Social success eluded Everley, & he was always the 2nd Cecil, while Parisian wags soon dubbed Mimi 'la Reine des deux Ceciles’  #JeanMichelFrank #StrawMarquetry #PecciBlunt #Malapropism #FrenchArtDeco #LibraryPorn #LaReineDesDeuxCeciles #MinimalistInteriors #HandsOfAWorker #GarrisonRousseau
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