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Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris

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Musee Nissim de Camondo is an elegant museum of French decorative arts located in the Hôtel Camondo. The mansion was built in 1911 by the Comte Moïse de Camondo, a banker, with architect René Sergent, to set off his collection of 18th-century French furniture and art objects. Its design was based on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, though with modern conveniences. Today, the house is maintained as if it were still a private home, preserved in its original condition. Three floors are open to you: the lower ground floor (kitchens), upper ground floor (formal rooms), first floor (private apartments), and gardens. The house's furnishings include needlepoint chairs and work by artisans of the Garde Meuble Royal (Royal Furniture Repository), such as Jean-François Oeben, Jean Henri Riesener, and Georges Jacob. Floors are furnished with Savonnerie carpets woven in 1678 for the Grande Galerie in the Louvre. Walls are accented with tapestries (many Beauvais or Aubusson) and paintings, including portraits by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, landscapes by Guardi and Hubert Robert, and hunting scenes by Jean-Baptiste Oudry. Seek out the Orloff silver dinner service commissioned by Catherine II of Russia from silversmith Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers in 1770, and the bird-themed Buffon porcelain services made at Sèvres in the 1780s. Other notable objects include a bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon, bas-reliefs, Chinese vases, and crystal chandeliers. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paris trip simple and quick.
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  • I would highly recommend this museum to anyone who thoroughly enjoys les arts decoratifs. It does not take too long to see and provides insight into the tragic lives of a wealthy French family. 
    I would highly recommend this museum to anyone who thoroughly enjoys les arts decoratifs. It does not take too long to see and provides insight into the tragic lives of a wealthy French family.  more »
  • We were very keen to visit the museum having read Edmund da Waal's books. We were not disappointed. The museum is full of glorious things and the audio guide that's provided really helps to focus you....  more
    We were very keen to visit the museum having read Edmund da Waal's books. We were not disappointed. The museum is full of glorious things and the audio guide that's provided really helps to focus you....  more »
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  • Really interesting concept for a museum and very immersive- You truly feel as though you’re walking through a home rather than an exhibition.The property itself is gorgeous and the interior is lavishly decorated with the personal art collection of the owner. Definitely recommend watching the video inside to grasp the full history of the property and family, as well as the audio guide to learn about specific areas in the house. It’s free admission for those under 26 so it’s a fantastic inexpensive activity :)
  • Free entry for students ! Definitely should watch the video at the end to understand the history completely. Big collection of art works.

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