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It is now on display and on sale in his gallery in the rue des Rosiers in Saint Ouen until May 15.

The suite comes from the Palazzo Papadopoli, a Renaissance palace on the Grand Canal in Venice built for the Coccini family by Giovanni de Grigi around 1560.

The palazzo is now a hotel and this suite of furniture ended up with an American dealer, who had stored it for some years in France, which is where Maison acquired it not knowing its provenance at the time.

But Masion, an avid bibliophile, subsequently acquired at auction an illustrated book from 1899 detailing the elaborate refurbishment of the palazzo and its decor and he found his suite pictured there.

Research showed it was the work of Moses Michelangelo Guggenheim (1837-1910), a soughtafter interior designer of his time with large workshops in Venice who specialised in revivalist pieces.

He had been asked to refurbish the palazzo after it was acquired by Nicolo and Angelo Papadopoli Aldobrandini in 1864.

Guggenheim redesigned the interiors to create a journey through the ages and this suite, in Renaissance Revival style, was created for the palazzo’s reception room, the Salone delle Quattro Porte.

On display at Marc Maison this month are a credenza and a display cabinet of monumental proportions, a sideboard, mirror, table, six chairs and three stands, all made from profusely carved walnut.

The dealer is asking a maximum of €900,000 for the entire suite.

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