30 Oct '12, 2pm

Interesting brief about Groppi

Interesting brief about Groppi

The story of Achille Groppi’s collection starts in the early 1880s when Jacques Groppi, Achille’s father, arrived in Alexandria, leaving Europe behind, to work as a confiseur-p âtissier and opened one of Cairo's most famous landmarks. Jacques Groppi was born in the village of Rovio, Switzerland, in 1863, and on the suggestion of one of his cousins boarded a ship for Egypt in the early 1880s, a country full of opportunity promised by the opening of the Suez Canal. First established in Alexandria, the pâtisserie-confiserie later relocated to Cairo. Maison Groppi quickly became known for the quality of its products and enjoyed a flourishing reputation. After studying in Neuchâtel in Switzerland, and in England, Groppi’s son Achille joined the family business. During the First World War, Egypt became a strategic military centre, and Maison Groppi was the social epicentre for v...

Full article: http://www.christies.com/features/the-groppi-collection-2...

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