Sir Julian & Lady Virginia Goldsmid Villa Fiorentina Cannes Antique Invitation & Annotated Calling Card
Antique printed invitation to a soiree at Villa Fiorentina in Cannes from Sir Julian and Lady Goldsmid dated 12th February circa 1889, and an embossed calling card annotated by Lady Virginia Goldsmid (1843-1892), at Villa Fiorentina in Cannes, circa 1889:
"At home every Friday evening at 9 o'clock."
From the collection of Richard and Mary Winslow, English aristocrats who had the Villa Winslow in Cannes during the 1890s and were friends with aristocrats and royals from all over the world. Mary was a great beauty and had by family traditon once been a mistress of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.
In his book “La Côte d’Azur”, Stephen Liegeard wrote about the Fiorentina Villa built in 1880 by Sir Julian Goldsmid: ” it is an ample Italian palazzo with frescoes galleries, with polished carrara marble stairs, and with a vibrant Florentine which is its radius of poetry...”
Goldsmid was the wife of Sir Julian Goldsmid, 3rd Baronet (1838-1896), he was a British lawyer, businessman and Liberal (later Liberal Unionist) politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1866 and 1896.
Size: 9 x 5.5 cm approx