From huge treasured bronze leopards to witty Belle Époque caricatures and vintage portraits of Parisian dancers, the artwork on display at Hotel d’Angleterre is as eye-catching as it is intriguing. Whether you’re enjoying a cappuccino in the Petit-Salon or working your way through the fine dining menu in the brightly lit Windows Restaurant, take a moment to appreciate the hotel’s eclectic art collection and discover the stories behind it.
Located at the entrance of the hotel, the Petit-Salon is a warm, inviting area where guests are invited to relax. Elegantly decorated, the space features several Belgian-style tapestries dating from the 19th century, alongside evocative pieces by French artist Sem. Otherwise known as Georges Goursat, Sem was a renowned caricaturist during the Belle Époque in Paris and his vivid sketches capture famous personalities from the era. Among Sem’s most notable subjects are fashion legend Coco Chanel and erstwhile president of France Paul Doumer.
The hotel’s acclaimed Windows Restaurant is divided into two sections: a formal restaurant where lunch and dinner are served, and the Observatoire, which is used for breakfast and afternoon tea every day. Well-known for its stunning views across Lake Geneva, Mont Blanc and local landmarks such as the Jet d’Eau, Windows Restaurant is thoughtfully decorated with beautiful antiques and objets d’art.
Look out for a series of photographs depicting the charismatic Mistinguett, a famous French singer and dancer from the early 19th century. A regular performer at Paris’ notorious Moulin Rouge, Mistinguett was at one time the world’s highest paid female performer and even had her legs insured for 500,000 francs.
Alongside the portraits of the iconic entertainer are a few more rare illustrations by Sem, as well as the work of Hungarian illustrator Marcel Vértes. The artist found fame in France following the first world war. Known primarily for his work as a costume designer, he won two Academy Awards for his artistic contributions to the 1952 film Moulin Rouge.
The Leopard Bar
A stylish, cosy drinking den, The Leopard Bar is all wood-paneled walls and leather armchairs – just the place for a smart cocktail or sophisticated digestif. Here, the artwork on display is designed to reflect the bar’s signature wild cat theme, with two show-stopping huge bronze leopard sculptures guarding the entrance to the bar. In addition to them, illustrations and sculptures of wild animals in the savannah are a fitting reference to The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s South African heritage. Our founders, Bea and Stanley Tollman, are from Johannesburg, and it’s in the South African capital that they opened their first hotel in 1984.
Join us at Red Carnation Hotels’ Hotel d’Angleterre to enjoy our lovingly curated and eclectic art collection.
Images: all images courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels.