|a breathtaking monumental "papier peint panoramique" by Desfossé, 1855|
|The lovely interior court of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (image via MAD)|
Seemingly every possible decorative technique, material, or type of object can be found in the vast Arts Décoratifs inventories: tapestry, escritoire, eglomisé, shagreen, scenic wallpaper, jewelry, stained glass, wood, lacquer, plastic, and gold… but far from mind-boggling the collections are carefully edited and displayed chronologically, to encourage understanding of both the techniques used and the application of them. Meanwhile there are thousands of beautiful inspiring moments in each room.
Here are some highlights from my visit in October 2011.
|"Cabinet des Fables" from the hôtel Dangé, Paris 1755 (repainted 1855)|
|a display of chinoiserie furnishings dating from the 17th century|
|wood doors decorated with gilt grotesque ornament, from the 15th century|
|Salon de l’hôtel Talairac, circa 1790|
|detail from a Renaissance-Revival bedchamber, circa 1840|
|detail of a verre églomisé mirror frame. Gasp!|
Detail of an entire wall of embossed leather, silver-gilt and amber-varnished to look like gold. circa 1600
|detail of a splendid marquetry cabinet, made in 1670. I could stare at this all day.|
One of the most fabulous room sets in this museum is the private apartment of Jeanne Lanvin. Designed by Armand Albert Rateau and built in 1925, it’s the ultimate feminine Art Deco interior.
Be sure to visit the Art Nouveau and Art Deco rooms, as well as the very interesting mid and late 20th century design rooms in the attic spaces of the pavillion.
The Mode et Textile Museum is just next door.
The Rue du Rivoli can be crowded and dirty. It’s so much more stylish to arrive via the Carrousel entrance. And be sure to dress fabulously, so you can have a bite at the Saut de Loup, the chic cafe on the terrace facing the Carrousel Gardens.
all images in this post by Lynne Rutter unless otherwise noted. Click on images to view larger.