If you thought I had finished with the Montmartre Cemetery, you are wrong. I have still more in stock. :-)
This time it’s about some specific, spectacular, tombs, rather than about personalities.
The first one was erected for one (or two?) families: Delamare-Bichsel . I have not been able to find any information about who they were, only that the architect was called Boiret, who has left a few rather insignificant buildings in Paris, but who here obviously have excelled in an “art nouveau” style! (See also top picture.) This is one of the first tombs you see when you enter the cemetery. There are still flowers in front of the tomb now and then, so there must be family or friends around.
A second, very different one, was designed for himself and his family by Pierre-Léonard Laurecisque (1797-1860), who worked as an architect in Constantinople (e.g. the then French embassy – now the consulate general - , a church for the French community… ). His wife and son who both died young are actually buried in Turkey, but the cenotaph is dedicated to the whole family in a peculiar, very personal style, which is reflecting his architectural ideas.
For the third one, I have only been able to read that it’s the tomb of the Countess Potocka – Princess Soltikoff, who as far as one can read was born in St. Petersburg in 1807 and died in Paris in 1845. There are or were a lot of Potockas and Soltikoffs around, .. I found a number of articles and portraits, but nothing about this lady. (The bottom portrait is of a countess Potocka who was born in 1807, but died later than 1845; she was a good friend (and mistress?) of Chopin.)
The tomb seems to be under restoration (by the Paris municipality). I managed to find out that Francisque Duret (1804-65) has contributed to the creation of this tomb and then it may be interesting to know that he has left a number of statues around in Paris and elsewhere, including e.g. the St. Michel statue, part of the St. Michel fountain created by the architect Davioud (see previous post), Place St. Michel (see previous post).
Not really falling under this spectacular-tombs-chapter, but immediate neighbour to the previous tomb, is that for another famous architect, Jacques Hittorff (1792-1867)… and there is a link between the two tombs: Hittorff has left a lot of landmarks in Paris including the decoration of Place de la Concorde (including the fountains) (see previous posts, here and here), the plan and the buildings around Place de l’Etoile (see previous posts), Gare du Nord (see previous post)… and the “Cirque d’Hiver” (see previous post) … and Francisque Duret, who thus created the previous tomb, decorated the walls of the Cirque d’Hiver.
I’m more and more impressed by how all the painters, sculptors, authors, architects, composers, musicians… seemed to know each other, work together. Those days’ “salons” certainly played a great role. Here is an example where we can see Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Paganini, Rossini… listening to Franz Liszt. Where are today’s “salons”?
Here is where you can find these tombs, if you are interested.