“I still have a memory of a pair of Chinese vases in my grandmother’s house. One day, perhaps when I was a teenager, I asked her what she had done with them. She replied that she had sold them when I was just about a year old. But my memory had remained intact . . .”

“I like Mansart’s rigour, Garnier’s extravagance and Moser’s clean lines. I always have a great deal of respect for the extraordinary expertise of our great French architects, who, as it was natural to do so, knew how to design everything – a house, its interior decoration, furniture and materials – and provided painters with sketches for the ceilings.”

 François Joseph Graf, Paris, 22 January 2014