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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Lost masterpiece found in Chanel's Ritz hotel suite

Published 25/01/2013 | 05:00

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RENOVATION work at the Ritz Paris has led to the discovery of what is believed to be a 17th-century French masterpiece that hung in Coco Chanel's suite for decades without anyone noticing it.

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There is no explanation in the archives as to how the large tableau by Charles Le Brun ended up in the hotel, which is undergoing a €200m refurbishment lasting two years.

The man who spotted the painting was Olivier Lefeuvre, a Christie's auction house specialist in French paintings of the period, who came across it in July, a month before the Ritz closed its doors.

"I thought it was a Le Brun straight away," he said. "It was very well preserved. It was really quite moving."

The painting will go on display in New York next week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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