As an active partner, the hotel Montalembert welcomes the Carré Rive Gauche preview every year in April.
From Marquis de Cuevas to Charles Baudelaire, through Alexandre Dumas, Amedeo Modigliani, Alfred Jarry, Juliette Recamier, and many famous actors of French culture have animated the streets of the Carré Rive Gauche and its mansions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in what was originally the private garden of Marguerite de Navarre.
Le Carre Rive Gauche is a wealthy neighborhood not only for its objects but also for its places of memory. Jean-Auguste Ingres had his studio at 17 Quai Voltaire, Jacques Lacan practiced psychoanalysis at 5 rue de Lille, the Gascon cadets led by D'Artagnan lived at 17 rue du Bac, Serge Gainsbourg wrote at 5 rue de Verneuil and the founder Louvre Museum, Dominique Vivant Denon, chose to settle 9 quai Voltaire. Gradually, antiquarians have abandoned the right bank and Drouot neighborhood to approach this universe where the aristocratic and bohemian-fertilization of ideas is quite in harmony with the objects of all ages and specialties. The proximity of the Louvre, the Orsay Museum and the Museum of Decorative Arts has created strong links between antiquarians and the great French and overseas museums. Le Carré Rive Gauche has become somehow their preferred supplier: a tapestry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, archaeological pieces at the Louvre, furniture and objects d'art at the Musée d'Orsay ..., the expertise of the antiquarians of the Carré Rive Gauche is today a reference in the world of art.
Now more than ever it is not unusual to see major collectors and curators in the hunt across the street from the University or the Rue de Beaune.