With immense affection, Marella Rossi said goodbye to his father Jean-Marie Rossi, who died at the age of 91 last December 5. The antiquarian’s daughter, who has followed in his footsteps in the world of antiques and managed the family shop with him, writes that her father passed away peacefully surrounded by his children and his wonderful wife (he was married for the fourth time to Marie Grimaux). “Antiquarian for 66 years, passionate about contemporary art, leading an extraordinary family. A unique man “ Scirbe Marella in a sense, a message that reflects the semblance that he made Le Figaro his father’s. The aforementioned newspaper pays tribute to the figure of Jean-Marie Rossi, who is described as one of the last great antique dealers in the French capital who created “an empire of antiquities on the Place Beauvau” with his Galerie Aveline.
The messages of support and affection towards their daughters Marella and Cynthia have multiplied in the last hours, among them are the words of Inés Sastre, a good friend of Marella. “My dear Jean Marie, thank you por todo ”wrote the Spanish model, rescuing an image in which she appears with the prestigious antiquarian. Marella and Cynthia are two of the daughters of the antiquarian, who also had two other children, Frederick and Mathilda, who died in a tragic accident.
As a result of his marriage to Barbara Hottinger, Jean Marie Rossi had his three oldest children, Marella, Mathilda and Frederick. Separated from Barbara, Rossi married for the third time on December 11, 1984 in Rueil-Malmaison (Hautes-de-Seine) with Carmen Martínez-Bordiú, with whom he was father for the fourth time of a girl, Cynthia (born in 1985). A few months before their marriage, on February 7, 1984, Carmen Martínez-Bordiú had faced the tragic death of her eldest son Francisco, at the age of eleven, in a traffic accident, a pain that they would relive just a few months later.
In August of that same year, another terrible accident, this time with the propeller of a ship, he ended the life of Mathilda, the thirteen-year-old daughter of Jean-Marie. Joy came for the couple in 1985 when their daughter Cynthia was born. The marriage of Jean Marie Rossi and Carmen ended in 1995, and since then they have rebuilt their lives while always maintaining a fluid and friendly relationship. There was always a good relationship between his children, as Marella once commented that he considered Luis Alfonso de Borbón as a brother. The daughter of Jean Marie Rossi is married to David Mosseri with whom she has two children. Frederick practices as a lawyer, while Cynthia after graduating in Law and Criminology decided to dedicate herself to her great passion: painting. She has also been married since 2015 to Benjamin Rouget, with whom in 2016 she was the mother of a boy named Joseph.
The French press pays tribute to him
The French press has dedicated some very heartfelt words to Jean-Marie Rossi, who is much admired and respected in the neighboring country. “He was one of those professional ‘dinosaurs’ that will no longer exist. Of his generation, Didier Aaron, Bernard Steinitz, Michel Segoura, Jean Gismondi, Jacques Kugel, Michel Meyer, Philippe Kraemer, they no longer exist. He will continue to be one of the best, the most expert, the most atypical of his time “, highlights Le Figaro. Of the flatter his “unclassifiable” talent for antiquities, his lofty “knowledge” in the matter, as well as “the unconventional way in which he practiced his profession.” Far from being “a simple merchant who sells marquetry chest of drawers from the 18th century,” notes the newspaper, he was a “self-taught merchant who has built an empire of antiques in Place Beauvau.” They qualify him as a “discoverer” who “went back through the ages to the contemporary.”
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Marella Rossi’s loving farewell to her father