A chocolate-box Parisian villa with an unusual past.
The restoration villa that houses the Musée de la Vie Romantique once belonged to Dutch Romantic painter Ary Scheffer, who used the property as both studio and soirée venue; fellow painter Eugène Delacroix, composer Franz Liszt and novelist George Sand were among his intellectual congregation in the mid-1800s.
Today, the museum is dedicated to showcasing Scheffer’s estate and memorabilia associated with his cohort; a glass case stuffed with Sand’s jewellery, and a plaster cast of the arm of Chopin (Sand’s lover) are among the more eclectic souvenirs of the Romantic period.
With the property’s function as a literary salon long behind it, the villa now functions as a tea salon: In the shaded, rose-filled garden visitors can rest tired feet on green lawn chairs that match the building’s shutters.
Musée de la Vie Romantique
16 Rue Chaptal
Words:Harriet Fitch Little