London Homes of the Bonapartes’ Dynasty Transformed


For the launch of The Park Crescent, by Amazon Property, the former London homes of the Bonaparate family (of Napoleon fame), the Brazilian and US Ambassadors and the De Beers diamond dynasty, have been transformed into a spectacular Frieze Week showcase featuring a £100 million pound apartments-and-art showcase. Six luxury residences – once owned by notable residents – are now graced with works by Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Victor Vasarely, Robert Rauschenberg and Yayoi Kusama.

To deliver the most glamorous and luxurious property event in London this year, Amazon Property have collaborated with leading art curator House of the Nobleman to transform six of the dressed residences at The Park Crescent into a special Post-War and Contemporary art exhibition using world-class pieces sourced from official partners Alon Zakaim Fine Art and Lawrence Van Hagen alongside works from private collectors from around the world.

The Park Crescent is London’s only Royal crescent, Grade I listed, designed by John Nash (1752-1835) and built by Henry Peto in 1812-1820 as luxurious residences for the family and friends of HRH Prince George, The Prince Regent and Acting Head of State. Many were converted into offices in the late 20th Century until purchased by Amazon Property in 2013 and now restored to residential use providing two to four bedroom duplex, mezzanine and lateral residences.

The spectacular first floor state-rooms of the former Brazilian Ambassador’s residence are now an exceptional four bedroom residence interior-designed by 1508 London. The triple-reception room has been transformed into a display of 30 Alexander Calder works, the largest display of his work ever undertaken in a residential building in the UK. Similarly, the master bedroom suite showcases 10 works by Marc Chagall, the largest showcase of Chagall work in one space ever unveiled in London. The apartment’s glass walled mezzanine gallery showcases work by Salvador Dali, with works by Joan Miro completing the art showcase in this residence.

One of London’s Blue Plaques on the façade of The Park Crescent highlights that it was the home of Charles Francis Adams, Abraham Lincoln’s American Ambassador to London (son of US President John Quincy Adams) who lived there from 1863 to 1866. Charles Adams returned to the US in 1869, but his son, the US historian Henry Brooks Adams, used the crescent as his London residence between 1878 – 1908. In the former American Ambassador’s residence, a four-bedroom duplex, interior designed by Taylor Howes, has been transformed into a Modern British exhibition including works by Ben Nicholson, Paul Feiler and William Scott.

The lateral apartments at The Park Crescent are available for immediate occupation; prices start from £3,950,000. www.knightfrank.co.uk  and www.astonchase.com. For further information about The Park Crescent please visit www.theparkcrescent.com

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