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Opposite page: Art collector Christian Levett

When did you move from antiquities to collecting art?

Dali. A lot of the furniture and fabrics were chosen froU the 5aison  7JRet sho_ in 8aris · the Jest interiors exhibition I’ve ever been to. You can furnish just about anything after you’ve spent a few days there. What do you always take with you when you travel? My kids. What would be your desert island disc? Morning Dew Ja 6ora -n 8ure. 1t¼s a Uello_ sonO aou Kan listen to at any time and it’s inspirational.

Throughout my 20s and 30s I got into collectingOldMasters and then Impressionist drawings and post-Impressionist work. These days I mostly collect late 20th-century pieces, anything from the 1950s through to today. What was the first piece of art you bought?

Chalet Edelweiss, Courchevel for rent through Knight Frank


What book can you read over and over again? Julius Caesar’s The conquest of Gaul . I’ve probably read it four times. You learn what went on before battle and how he UanaOed di ٺ erent situations. 1t¼s interestinO to hear the words from the horse’s mouth. Do you have a favourite restaurant? What is your favourite dish and drink? 1 ha^e t_o restaurants in 5ouOins · 4a 8laKe des 5ouOins and L’Amandier de Mougins. My favourite dish is the lanOoustine KarXaKKio starter at 4a 8laKe des 5ouOins. Nothing beats the view from the terrace at L’Amandier de Mougins – it’s my favourite view. I like to drink espresso martinis in Le Bâoli in Cannes. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? There’s an old saying in collecting: buy the best thing you Kan Jua, for the Uonea aou Kan a ٺ ord. 7ther Oood ad^iKe is, when you see something you like, go away, think about it and then come back. Don’t buy impetuously.

What drewyou to collecting? Growing up, I was always interested in history and used to collect inexpensive Victorian coins. Later in life, in the early 2000s, I built a collection of ancient armour – a large part of which had belonged to the late Axel Guttmann [a passionate collector of Medieval arms and armoury who had his own private museum in Berlin] and was going to be liquidated. I bought so many antiquities I ended up openingmy ownmuseum in France (Musee D’Art Classique de Mougins). Firstly, I think it’s amazing to be able to own something that conjures up a feeling of the history of the object: where it has been, what it has seen, what it has done, who was around it and who touched it. Each object is a mini time machine. The second is to marvel at the artistry; the ability of the ancient world to produce incredible bronzes, glass, jewellery, and marble sculpture. What is it about collecting antiquities that you really like?

Art collector Christian Levett reveals his favourite artwork, andwhat’s hanging on the walls in his exquisite Chalet Edelweiss, Courchevel

“When you SEE something you LIKE , go away, THINK about it and then COME back. Don’t BUY impetuously”



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