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Publication Date: 2015-09-23

Venetian Repose

“When I arrive in Venice at my apartment, I drop my luggage inside and go down to have a coffee at Paolin,” says French art gallerist Elizabeth Royer. “Already I have the impression that everything is perfect. I don’t ask for anything more than to just sit and watch the passersby.”

The gallerist fell under the lagoon city’s spell twenty years ago. “I rented a small apartment — mezzanino (mezzanine) — under the grand upper floor piano nobile apartment of friends in a seventeenth-century palazzo,” she relates. “When they moved later, I took over that apartment.”

Near the Ponte dell’Academia in the San Marco district, the palazzo is between Campo Santo Stefano, one of the most elegant Venetian squares, and the Palazzo Grassi, home to French magnate François Pinault’s contemporary art collection.

Interior Design by Elizabeth Royer. Photography by Jean-Francois Jassaud. Written by Jean Bond Rafferty.

This story appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of MILIEU. To read the complete story, or to see all photos, subscribe to MILIEU's print or digital editions, available by clicking here.


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