“My interest in collecting dates back to the 1960s when I went to Sotheby’s in London for an auction of Bordeaux wines. On that occasion, I managed to acquire a selection of unusual corkscrew. Since then, both I and my wife Elisabeth have cultivated this great passion with dedication. We have displayed the antique objects collected over the years in the spaces in our Metropole Hotel in Venice, an extraordinary “Wunderkammer” open to our guests and curious visitors. The collections are of 19th century visiting card cases, Belle Époque evening pouch bags , unusual corkscrew, nutcrackers and crucifixes. The remarkable originality of the fans boasts a floor of its own with more than 200 items. Hand painted, lace, silk, tortoiseshell, mother of pearl…but also eclectic with ostrich feathers, this is without doubt our most impressive collection.”
In 2014, some of the most precious pieces has been displayed on a temporary exhibition at Palazzo Mocenigo Museum in Venice.